We've all experienced that heart-in-mouth moment when we drop our smartphone. The horror of racing to pick it up and make sure it's glass or plastic casing is not cracked can be overwhelming.
So imagine what American businessman Ben Wilson must have gone through when he dropped his iPhone 9,300 feet – approximately 1.76 miles – from a small Beechcraft Bonanza airplane he was flying in.
Speaking to the Wichita Falls Times Record News, Mr Wilson – owner of Gas Corp – explained that he was returning from Houston to Kickapoo Airport when a door latch gave way by a mere three inches due to a pressure change.
This was enough to send a newspaper flying from the aircraft – and Mr Wilson said that at first he did not even notice his phone fall out.
"After we got back I looked for it on the floor [of the plane] and in my briefcase but couldn’t find it," he said.
Mr Wilson then met his vice-president of sales John Kidwell at the airport. "We checked for the phone, even wondered if it might have been left in a rental car," Mr Kidwell remarked.
The pair used Mr Kidwell's Find My iPhone, which informed them that – amazingly – the smartphone was still functioning, despite the near-two mile fall.
With a satellite image and map to hand, they tracked the phone's location to Joplin, on a road in rural Jack County.
Mr Wilson had to jump over a fence, where he found his phone intact in its durable mophie battery charger case.
Mr Kidwell said: "It hit the corners a bit and but it’s just fine. The only missing part is the battery."