WASHINGTON: Now that’s what you call airplane mode – an iPhone plummeted 5,000m from the Alaska Airlines flight in a mid-air incident, but landed without a single crack in the screen and even a battery still half-charged.
The phone was sucked out of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on Friday (Jan 5) when a fuselage panel blew off the Boeing 737 Max 9, leaving a gaping hole. The passenger plane made an emergency landing shortly after, with all aboard safe.
A few items, reportedly including AirPods and a boy’s shirt, made more dramatic landings after shooting out of the suddenly depressurised cabin.
Amid a search for debris, a man named Sean Bates in the northwestern state of Washington found an iPhone on the side of the road, appearing to belong to one of the passengers.
SMARTPHONE REMAINED ON FLIGHT MODE
A photo of the device posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday, showed the intact screen and an emailed US$70 baggage receipt. The battery is shown charged to 44 per cent and the smartphone remains in flight mode.
Aside from the port, where the terminal of the charger protrudes after being ripped from the rest of the cord, the phone appears untouched.
In a follow-up TikTok post, Bates said he’d found the phone “pretty clean, no scratches on it, sitting under a bush”.