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How did an iPhone survive a 2,500ft drop, when ours can’t handle 2ft?

There are two types of people in the world; those who’ve forgotten their phone is on their lap, stood up quickly and sent the device on an ill-fated journey towards the earth… and then there are liars.

When our smartphones struggle to survive seemingly innocuous spills, it makes one woman’s tale of an iPhone falling 2,500-feet from a bloody airplane and living to tell the tale all the more miraculous.

Jeannine Buck of British Columbia was taking photos from a light craft when dropping her iPhone 5S out of the window.

Rather than discover a mangled Apple device upon inspection, she found the was able use Find My iPhone to find her iPhone in perfect working order and with only minor damage.

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Buck, who changed her ringtone from the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive that morning, called it a “miracle.”

“I had no idea the wind would grab it from my hand. Lesson learned for sure,” she told

I won’t be taking pictures on a plane beside an open window ever again, that’s for certain!

Any theories for how the 2013 iPhone 5S survived such an epic spill when we’ve smashed phones from a seated position?  A soft landing or an act of God?

Do you have any incredible tales of smartphone survival? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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