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The phone landed in a residential neighborhood after the incident, and was located by the owner without a scratch on it from the ordeal.
A pair of friends in Iowa took a ride in a vintage biplane in Ames, Iowa, July 3. when one of them took out her iPhone to take pictures, the phone fell out of the plane, dropping about 1,000 feet to the ground below.
According to WHO TV in Iowa the woman, Sarvinder Naberhaus, assumed the phone was gone, but upon landing she tried the Find My iPhone feature in an attempt to locate it. It didn't work the first time, but before going to buy a new phone, she tried once more.
That second try, it turned out, was successful. After following the trail for a while, Naberhaus spotted the phone in tall grass in a residential neighborhood, without a scratch, while displaying a notification about an upcoming meeting.
"I literally went into shock," said the second passenger Donna Johnson. "'I asked this is this for real? Is that the same phone?'" and I said 'this is a miracle phone, you can't drop a phone 1000 feet and have it still work!'"
Naberhouse, the author of multiple books, told the TV station that incident is proof that "God has a sense of humor."
In 2015, a Texas man claimed that he has dropped his iPhone more than 9,000 feet from a plane and he found it on the ground, still working. More recently, an iPhone 7 was found underwater, still working after a two-day, 30-foot submersion, off the coast of England.