iPad Falls from Aircraft Over Congo and Survives!

Dawson Tanner reunited with his skydiving iPad. He was very happy.

Dawson reunited with his skydiving iPad. He was very happy.

Pilots these days are really depending more on technology these days and iPads are becoming norm with EFB’s or Electronic Flight Bags installed.  They have everything from flight logs and  weight and balance sheets to strip charts and Pilot operating handbooks.  My friend Dawson Tanner was checking out the MAF airstrip at Nyankunde and taking a picture from the opened window in the pilot’s door with his iPad Mini and flew calmly back to Bunia where his plane is based some of the time. As he got out of the Twin Otter, he noticed that the iPad was not in the case and he quickly called me to ask if I could send out search parties to look for it. It was night by then but I told people the next morning and I guess there were a lot of people looking. About 10 days later and after lots of rain, a guy came to me and said he had found it. He said it was still working and we talked a long time about a reward and the whole group of searchers got involved. Dawson and I texted back and forth and finally we all settled on $75 and everyone was very happy. It was amazing that after falling from 1000 feet and landing in the forest and being rained on it was not only working but there was not a crack or scratch on it. I was flying around the country the next day and one of the times through Bunia I saw the Twin Otter sitting on the ramp so I called Dawson to come and pick up his iPad. He was very happy and kept saying “Wow. I can’t believe it!”

iPad Mini still working great after falling from 1000 feet to the ground from overhead Nyankunde, East Congo.

iPad Mini clearly working great, although disabled, after falling from 1000 feet to the ground overhead Nyankunde, East Congo.

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9 Responses to iPad Falls from Aircraft Over Congo and Survives!

  1. rj7777 says:

    This is amazing!! Rita Spratlen

  2. Ruth Hartman says:

    PTL! MIRACLES never cease!

  3. Kathy love says:

    Never fail to be amazed at God’s goodness

  4. Kathy love says:

    Just more proof there is a God!

  5. Rob Fynn says:

    Only Disabled?? I’ve gotta buy one of these!! Yeah, your right Dianna – reckon Apple would quintratripple that reward for advertising rights of the story! And they might even believe there truly is a God after all?! Great story Captain XXX

  6. Dianna G. says:

    Fun little story! I’m sure Apple would love to hear about this.

  7. Paula Fuller says:

    WOW praise GOD

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