This is one extreme way to lose -- and later find -- your iPhone.
Ben Wilson, a Texas businessman, said he was riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane from Houston to Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday when a change in pressure caused a door latch to open a few inches.
While Wilson noticed a newspaper fly out of the plane, he told the Wichita Falls Time Record News he didn't notice his smartphone was missing until the plane landed.
Wilson said he assumed he may have left it in a rental car until he opened the "Find My iPhone" app and discovered his device was still operational and appeared to be just outside of Joplin, Texas.
With the help of his co-worker, a satellite image and a map, Wilson said he set off to find his iPhone. Traveling down a ranch road, he said a donkey followed the two men as they searched for the device, which they finally located on the side of the road under a mesquite tree.
What makes the reported reunion even more miraculous is the iPhone's condition. The device, which was kept in a Mophie charger case, was found in one piece, Wilson said.
"It was in one piece, scratched a bit on the corners but it still worked," he told the newspaper.
Wilson got what he was looking for and as a reward he said he also took care of the curious donkey, feeding it ginger snaps.