An iPhone amazingly survives a drop from a plane with no damage

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An iPhone amazingly survives a drop from a plane with no damage
When a phone and a plane are in the same sentence, most of the time the story is about exploding batteries or something else that’s bad. Well, there is finally an airplane-related phone story with a happy ending.

A pilot of a twin-engine light aircraft dropped his iPhone on the runway during takeoff. Fortunately, the pilot was able to use the Find My app and locate the device, which led searchers right to it. The iPhone was dropped at the runway of the Orlando Executive Airport in Florida, which is used mostly for business jets and other small aircraft.

A recording from the air traffic control tower documenting the search for the iPhone was uploaded on YouTube. The airport’s staff praises how accurate the location from the Find My app was. The app showed the iPhone is 1000 feet down the runway right of the centerline, and this location turned out to be exactly right.

The next surprise is when the person that found the phone stated the device is fully intact. This was very surprising for air traffic control, as they were sure the screen of the phone is cracked. After all, the iPhone was dropped at a speed of around 50 to 60 miles an hour during takeoff. The air traffic controller further elaborated that most of the time, an iPhone doesn’t survive a drop from just a couple of feet, let alone from a flying plane.

You can hear the whole conversation between air traffic control and the searcher on the ground below:



Unfortunately, there is no information as to which model iPhone survived the drop. In the last couple of years, Apple has strived to make its iPhones harder to break. This was the case with the iPhone 12 series, which the company claimed to have four times better drop performance compared to its predecessor. The new iPhone 13 series isn’t said to be any less drop-resistant.

Considering this, the iPhone that survived takeoff at the Orlando airport could be from Apple’s 2020 or 2021 lineup. Good job Apple.
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