A Pilot Dropped His Phone From a Plane, and It Recorded the Entire Fall (Video)
A Samsung Galaxy S5 phone somehow survived falling 1,000 feet from a plane — and recorded its entire journey.
Robert Ryan posted a video on YouTube of the whirling footage, which he said was captured after his uncle, pilot Blake Henderson, allegedly dropped the phone by accident while experiencing turbulence onboard the small aircraft he was flying.
“My uncle Blake Henderson encountered severe turbulence while chasing a JN-4 Jenny biplane (seen at the beginning of the video),” Ryan wrote on the YouTube post. “His phone was sucked out of the craft on accident and dropped around 1,000 feet into a very nice [family's] yard.”
Henderson was recording another aircraft from his window when his phone was sucked out of the plane by the outside air pressure. As the phone makes its descent on video, images of the Earth start to swirl, giving you a first-hand look at what it’s like to fall from 1,000 feet up in the air.
The family who found the phone on soil in their yard returned it to the cellular company, according to the Daily Mail. It took just around 17 seconds for the phone to hit the ground, according to the video, though some users are skeptical that the footage is real.
“I dunno, this seems like a viral video made to sell Samsung phones,” user Jonathan Chan wrote in the YouTube comments.
Ryan responded saying the type of phone wasn’t what was relevant to him.
“If I weren’t the one who posted I would completely agree,” he wrote. “Only reason I mentioned the type of phone was because I was asked, so I hope that means something bud.”