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iPhone dropped 2,500 feet from Cessna airplane into woodlands adds new meaning to app "Find my iPhone"

By Laurie Fullerton | Freelance Writer

August 9, 2016 | 2 min read

Professional photojournalists are among the few trained photographers who keep their photo gear around their necks, but for the rest of us taking shots from boats, cars and now planes it is a crap shoot whether or not we can get the shot we need and hold onto our smartphones as well.

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Such was the case with Abbotsford, British Columbia woman Jeannine Buck who was flying in a small Cessna-140 plane on Monday night when she dropped her iPhone 2,500 feet flying above the forested Stanley park area, according to a recent article in the regional newspaper. Although her friend had just warned her to be careful, as she watched the Apple iPhone go down, she decided to go to the park upon landing to see if she could find it.

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And in fact she was able to track the phone using the "Find My iPhone" app on a borrowed phone and to her surprise by calling it she could still hear the ring tone of Otis Redding, whistling his hit song "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay."

Even more incredibly, the phone had minor damage but worked fine.

"I had no idea the wind would grab it from my hand. Lesson learned for sure," Buck said during an interview. "I won't be taking pictures on a plane beside an open window ever again, that's for certain!"

She also said that she had just changed her ring tone and it was formerly "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees. "I changed the ring tone back to "Staying Alive" because of my phones will to live," she added.

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