The Sunland Park Racetrack Area Is Popular for Emergency Landings
We were all very happy to hear the emergency landing went smoothly near Sunland Park Racetrack not long ago. That kind of situation would freak anyone out especially when some people have a fear of flying. But apparently, it seems like that area on the Westside is popular for emergency landings.
Just last month a pilot was able to make a safe landing in the upper valley last month. Thankfully the footage from KTSM 9 News had reported about a successful and smooth emergency landing with no injuries in January, below.
Apparently, there was a similar incident that happened before my time. I never would know about it either if it weren't for Jennifer Gordon. Pilot Bruce Gordon became a part of the emergency landing club near Sunland Park Racetrack too over 40 years ago.
Who knows, this might even be your first time hearing about this other emergency landing that happened many years ago. Jennifer Gordon had shared some pictures she took of newspaper clippings about what had happened back in the day.
Luckily Jennifer's pictures can give you the details about Bruce Gordon's scary adventure on October 19, 1981. Luckily that emergency landing incident had the same safe outcome as the one last month.
Although the only difference between the two is one pilot's plane didn't suffer any damages while Bruce Gordon's did. Unfortunately, Bruce Gordon's had landed in the middle of the lake at Sunland Park Racetrack.
Let's just hope El Paso won't encounter any more of these scary situations in the future. But if we ever do, let's hope it also has the same safe outcome as the past others have.