Pilot Discovers His iPhone Still Works After It Falls 11,000 Feet From His Plane

by Shelby Scott

For years, people have battled out the pros and cons of the iPhone versus Android. Typically, Android stands to win many battles surrounding topics of hardiness. However, one recreational pilot has possibly proven the case to be void of truth. One of many iPhone users, a pilot dropped his phone from 11,000 feet in mid-air. Later, he discovered the device still worked post-impact.

After the miraculous incident took place, the pilot, named David, took to an aviator forum to detail the event. Within his post, David shared he was an avid flyer of a small DA40 airplane. According to phonearena.com, he shared that the personal craft sports “a large plexiglass canopy with small side windows that can be opened in flight.”

The outlet further shared that David typically opened the windows during flights to take photos from the sky. Apparently, the plexiglass distorted the images. He further added that opening the small windows enabled him to keep the electronics within the plane from overheating.

The day of the iPhone incident, the pilot flew over seemingly endless farm fields. Taking notice of some interesting cloud formations to his right, he pulled out his iPhone to capture a picture. Mindful he cruised at a rapid 175 miles per hour, he made sure to keep the phone away from the open window. However, pending unexpected turbulence, the phone came much closer than intended to the window. It quickly sucked the iPhone right out of his hand and out into the open air.

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Accepting the fate of his iPhone, David returned to his Atlanta home around 10 p.m. The following day, he headed to AT&T to reactivate an earlier version of an old iPhone. However, as he went to disable the fallen phone, an iPhone X, he got quite a shock. The device had given out a location via Find My iPhone somewhere in Arkansas.

Pending curiosity, the pilot resolved to take the 2.5-hour flight back to the scene of cellular devastation. After falling more than 11,000 feet, potentially maxing out at a rate of velocity at least 200 miles per hour, David remained positive he would find the phone demolished.

His travels took him to an AR soybean field complete with ankle-deep mud and devastating irrigation ditches. Eventually, his old iPhone led him to the general area the crash landing took place, however, he had a 30-foot radius to search. More than an hour later though, David located the phone.

At the time, however, the phone was dead, so the pilot made the treacherous trek back to his vehicle to plug it into the USB port. Incredibly enough, the screen soon lit up, the charging icon quickly appearing on the phone.

Additionally, not only did the phone work. David shared that the glass front and back of the iPhone X remained completely intact, as did the stainless steel frame. Topped with a seemingly unbreakable Otterbox, the phone lacked even a dent.

“It wasn’t about the $1500 I would spend for a new iPhone,” the pilot concluded. “It was really about the adventure and the intellectual curiosity about whether we could find it and what it would look like after falling out of an airplane.”

In this case, then, Android be damned.