This particular MacBook Air took its name a little bit too literally. Pilot and Reddit user, Carl (or av80r as his name appears on Reddit), dropped his 2011 MacBook Air from 1,000 feet at 200kmph when he forgotten to do the proper pre-takeoff checks before taking off on his light aircraft that resulted in the mishap.
Carl’s MacBook Air was inside a Thule bag when it flew out of the aircraft. After he landed safely on the airport, he searched frantically for it with the help of willing strangers and the local police. Fortunately for him, his bag was found by a farmer that used Carl’s Facebook to get into contact with him. Apparently, the bag just missed the farmer as it landed “a metre to his left.”
Amazingly, the MacBook survived the fall with only a busted cooling system, a shattered trackpad, and a bent chassis. Even more surprisingly, the screen still works despite falling from such a dizzying height, although it’s worth noting that the MacBook was inside a bag along with a calculator and Carl’s pilot’s license.
Whether or not this is a testament to Apple products’ build quality will definitely differ from one person to another. Nonetheless, it’s undeniable that the MacBook Air still somewhat functions after this ordeal, which is rather impressive.