Phone case that survived 16,000-foot drop from Alaska Airlines flight revealed

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By Dan Sears

This phone case is taking indestructible to a new level.

An Oregon man was stunned when he discovered an Apple iPhone that had survived a 16,000-foot plummet to the ground from an Alaska Airlines flight earlier this month — but even more shocking was that the device was completely undamaged.

“Found an iPhone on the side of the road… Still in airplane mode with half a battery and open to a baggage claim for #AlaskaAirlines ASA128,” Sean Bates wrote on X, where he posted an image of the near-perfectly preserved phone.

“Survived a 16,000 foot drop perfectly in tact!” he added.

Now, the exact phone case that prevented damage to the smartphone, which flew out of the plane when the door plug blew off, has been revealed.


Spigen said it was the Cryo Armor case.
Spigen said it was the Cryo Armor case.

The company tweeted a screenshot confirming the model as proof.
The company tweeted a screenshot confirming the model as proof. X/@SpigenWorld

Phone case manufacturing company Spigen shared a reply to Bates’ original message writing “MYSTERY SOLVED: IT WAS US” along with texts and photos confirming the case was on the phone.

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Spigen said the exact case was its Cryo Armor case, which is sold for $65 on the manufacturer’s website and just $25 on Amazon.

The brand said the case has “military-grade certified drop protection via Air Cushion Technology,” which could explain why the iPhone survived the 16,000-foot drop.

The phone was one of two found after a door plug inside Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft broke off mid-flight on Jan. 5, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. Since the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has since grounded Boeing 737 Max 9 airplanes for inspections.

Spigen fans, however, were relieved to know their phone could stay safe even in a catastrophe.

“As a lifelong satisfied Spigen user, I’m happy to hear my phone is safe even if it falls out of a plane,” one fan shared on X.


The iPhone was unscathed after the 16,000-foot drop.
The iPhone was unscathed after the 16,000-foot drop.

“Found an iPhone on the side of the road… Still in airplane mode with half a battery and open to a baggage claim for #AlaskaAirlines ASA128,” Sean Bates wrote on X, where he posted an image of the near-perfectly preserved phone.
“Found an iPhone on the side of the road… Still in airplane mode with half a battery and open to a baggage claim for #AlaskaAirlines ASA128,” Sean Bates wrote on X, where he posted an image of the near-perfectly preserved phone. X/Seanathan Bates

The fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 MAX, which was forced to make an emergency landing.
The fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 MAX, which was forced to make an emergency landing. REUTERS

“The best ads are the ones that are unintentional,” added another fan, who cited “the Stanley cup that survived a burning car and still had ice in it.”

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Another person even went as far as buying the case knowing it can protect smartphones from a fall from the sky. “Just bought the Cryo Armor Case in red! #influenced,” they wrote.

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