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The Apple iPad helped save a man and his daughter from freezing to death after their plane crashed. Rescuers were able to locate the father-daughter duo and find them on time with the help of a signal from the iPad the daughter had, according to a report by CNN.
The incident took place in Pennsylvania on Sunday this week when the 58-year-old father who is a pilot and his 13-year-old daughter took off from the two-seater plane. But shortly after their departure, the plane went missing on the radar, the report added. Then a five-hour search was conducted with the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. With the coordinates of the last known location of the plane, the rescue teams and around 30 volunteers conducted grid searches within that area but it was cut short.
The rescue team after identifying the pilot contacted his wife and also got his phone number. Once they got his phone number, the rescue team pinged the cell phone and found that the daughter had an iPad with her. They then pinged signals to the iPad, got its coordinates and searched the area. For those unaware, pinging a phone or tablet is the process of finding out the device’s location using its GPS data.
The plane along with the father and daughter were finally found in a heavily wooded area about 7 miles southeast of Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport from where the plane had taken off. The duo was found in a pre-hypothermic state and with minor injuries for which they were taken to a hospital, and the crash went under investigation.