updated 01:50 pm EDT, Wed September 7, 2011
Device's signal used to track down remains
An iPhone is serving a vital role in the aftermath of a Chilean airplane crash, reports say. 21 people died in last Friday's accident, which happened near the Juan Fernandez Islands. The turboprop twice attempted to land at the islands' airport before crashing, probably as a result of high winds. While everyone died in the incident, an iPhone appears to have stayed functional long enough for its owner's relatives to use Apple's Find My iPhone service.
Water is thought to have shut the iPhone down, but its last coordinates were shared with the Chilean Navy. The location data should help the Navy to recover more of the wreckage of the plane, as well as more corpses, since as of September 5th only four victims had been found.