“Surviving a 16,000-Foot Fall: The Miracle of iPhones on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282”

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Alaska Airlines Flight 1282: How could iPhones survive a 16,000-foot drop? Now the impact force will be large (just like hitting the floor) and the impact area is very small. Air resistance limits the maximum speed, so it’s not necessarily going any faster falling from 18,000 feet than 1,000 feet,” Wiens explained. The gravitational force pulls down and there is also an upwards pushing air resistance force. This air resistance increases in magnitude as the phone moves faster through the air.