Sky-High Survival: iPhone Survives After Falling from 16000 Feet

iPhones dropping out of a pocket can result in a cracked screen and might cost you a hefty price for screen replacement. But miraculously, an iPhone has survived a 16000-foot fall from a flight, that too without a single scratch.

The incident occurred when the Alaska Airlines ASA 1282 flight, flying from Portland, Oregon to Ontario, California experienced a terrifying mid-air window-shattering incident, shortly after takeoff. It resulted in several objects to be sucked out mid-air, including an iPhone.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has confirmed the incident and revealed that they’ve found the iPhone in working condition. A Portland resident, Seanathan Bates, while waking in Barnes Road, found the device in perfect condition with its cover and screen protector. Although the exact model is unconfirmed, it’s said to be either an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro.

Despite the extreme fall, the iPhone survived extremely well, such that it had no scratches. It was not only functional but still had half its battery life with activated flight mode and SOS mode. Even though the iPhone was in flight mode, it was unlocked and had the travel confirmation for Flight 1282 confirming that it belonged to an Alaska Airlines passenger.

In response to this incident, Alaska Airlines temporarily suspended the operation of its 65 Boeing 737-9 aircraft. All 174 passengers and 6 crew members were fortunate enough to have landed safely.

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Vicky Kumar is a passionate tech enthusiast and writer with a keen interest in the world of Android and Windows. Over the last three years, Vicky has been sharing insights, tips, and expert advice on these operating systems to help readers make the most of their devices and software. He has worked on websites, including GetDroidTips, OyPrice, and RootMyGalaxy. When not writing, he enjoys watching cricket highlights and exploring new apps.

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