iPhone falls from an airplane, and was still in “perfect condition”

Though there are high chances of screens breaking when dropped from a height and speed, the pilot got lucky with this particular incident.

Highlights
  • A pilot dropped their iPhone on the runway during takeoff.
  • After finding it on the runway, the iPhone was working completely fine and the screen wasn’t broken.
  • The exact iPhone model wasn’t specified.

We’ve come across multiple stories in the past about how Apple iPhones survived at the bottom of lakes, and sometimes in a deserted stage and yet worked perfectly normal. Now, another such story has surfaced on the internet. Apparently, a pilot has dropped their iPhone on the runway during takeoff and what followed is a humourous conversation between the pilot and air traffic control agent at Orlando Executive Airport. Going into details, the air traffic control is informed that a pilot flying a Seminole aircraft dropped his iPhone on the runway. Here’s the conversation.

Operations 2: “I’m holding at A8, holding short of runway 7. I’ve got a pilot from a Seminole who says he dropped his iPhone on the runway.”

Air traffic control tower: “OK, where on the runway?”

Operations 2:He looked on his satellite and said it’s about a thousand feet down, just to the right of the centre line. We’re gonna try to find it.”

After a few moments, the air traffic control gives the go-ahead to look for the iPhone on the runway once traffic is clear. 

Operations 2: “Hey we found it!”

Air traffic control tower:Alright… be a good story for Apple if he turns it on and it works.”

Operations 2:It’s working!” Now the Orlando Ground control enters the conversation.

Orlando ground: “How shattered is the screen?”

Operations 2:No, it’s in perfect shape and it works!”

Orlando ground: No way!

Operations 2:And the satellite thing had it identically where exactly where it was.”

Orlando ground:That thing has gotta be wrapped in like a concrete block or something.”

Operations 2:It’s working fine.”

Orlando ground:No way an iPhone fell off a plane going 50-60 miles an hour and didn’t break the screen.”

Operations 2:Well, we got a new endorsement here!”

Orlando ground:I still don’t believe you. I mean, I’m not actually trying to call you a liar, but I’ve never seen an iPhone fall more than four feet and not break in half.” You can hear the conversation via the video attached below.

Most latest Apple iPhones are known for their durability, thanks to their ceramic shield screens and aluminium body. This latest episode is a testament to their durability and build. Though there are usually high chances of screens breaking when dropped from that height and speed, the pilot got lucky with this particular incident. However, we’re curious to know the exact iPhone model in question as it wasn’t particularly mentioned anywhere in the conversation.

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