In Chile, rescue/recovery efforts are underway to find 17 people who were victims of a plane crash off the island of Robinson Crusoe which was devastated last year by the massive earthquake and tsunami. The plane had attempted to make two landings but was then blown off course and crashed, whereabouts unknown.
We’ve gotten an email from an acquaintance of one of the victims of the accident saying that one of the passengers was carrying an iPhone. The relatives of the crash victim logged into Find My iPhone and were able to isolate the coordinates of the last known whereabouts of the plane before it crashed. That information was then given to the Navy who are using it to coordinate the rescue efforts to find the fuselage. We weren’t able to verify that until this morning when another report came in saying the same thing. Machine translated:
The Admiral Francisco García-Huidobrosaid the finding that strongly called attention today and that has to do with an iPhone one of the crash victims at Juan Fernandez , on a beach in Bahia Carvajal. The phone signal was at times, thanks the operation of GPS, however, eventually the water off. However, Garcia-Huidobro said that “plots (locations) table position,” so you know exactly the place where he issued last signal, which will be released tomorrow. Force is expected to Navy Special down at this point and achieve rescue apparatus in the fifth day of searching. The iPhone would be in the vicinity of where they found the crashed plane’s wheel on Friday.
Not a terribly happy ending but certainly an interesting use of Find My iPhone. Thanks Fyarad.