SEATTLE- The world’s largest technology company made Apple’s iPhone demonstrated extraordinary durability by surviving a dramatic 16,000-ft fall from an Alaska Airlines (AS) AS1282 flight, which was en route from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California.
The phone withstood the challenging experience when a window shattered on the Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft, leading to the suction of various items, including phones, mid-air.
iPhone Survives the Fall From Alaska Airlines
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) validated the incident and reported the discovery of another iPhone that remained fully functional after the fall.
Although the specific iPhone model has not been officially confirmed, images circulated on X suggest that it could be either an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro, encased in a protective hard shell.
Sharing pictures of the recovered iPhone on X, Seanathan Bates commented, “Discovered an iPhone on the roadside… Still in airplane mode, with half a battery, and displaying a baggage claim for #AlaskaAirlines ASA1282. Survived a 16,000-foot drop completely intact! When I reported it, Zoe at @NTSB mentioned it was the SECOND phone found. No door found yet.”
Remarkably, the iPhone emerged from the intense free fall unscathed and fully operational.
737 MAX 9 Grounded
After a harrowing midair incident involving a blown-out window and fuselage, prompting an emergency landing in Oregon, Alaska Airlines decided to ground its fleet of 65 Boeing 737-9 aircraft.
The occurrence took place shortly after takeoff, resulting in a loss of cabin pressure. The aircraft reached an altitude of 16,000 feet before returning to Portland International Airport. Fortunately, the plane safely landed with 174 passengers and six crew members on board.
Seanathan Bates discovered an iPhone with in-flight mode activated and SOS signaling while walking down Barnes Road.
Ironically, Alaska Airlines is still in the process of searching for the missing window that detached from the aircraft during the incident.
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