iPhone Survives 9,300ft Fall From Plane

By James O Malley on at

A Texas businessman in Wichita Falls has managed to locate his iPhone using Find my iPhone after it fell 9,300ft out of an aeroplane.

According to the Wichita Times Record Ben Wilson was on board the small Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft when the door latch on the passenger door gave way by 3 inches - and a newspaper and the iPhone fell out.

Wilson only noticed the phone was missing after landing. “I met Ben at the airport and we checked for the phone, even wondered if it might have been left in a rental car. We used his Find My iPhone app and learned it was still alive,” a colleague of Wilson said, “Later I checked the iCloud and could see it was outside of Joplin (Texas).”

Driving to the location of the phone, the Texans enlisted the help of a local donkey, which followed them on their quest. “It was by the side of the road south of Jacksboro, under a mesquite tree [...] The donkey pointed out where it was.”

The Times Record notes that the donkey was rewarded with gingersnaps.

Remarkably, the phone, which appears to be an iPhone 5S, was mostly unharmed - and could still make calls - "It was in one piece, scratched a bit on the corners but it still worked". Apparently the only thing that was missing was his Morphie battery charger.

Our US colleagues have previously calculated that the terminal velocity of an iPhone is about 12.2m/s.

If only it had been filming on the way down. [Times Record via The Graun]

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