Forced To Land, Just In Time


There are times when being forced to land by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) can be a good thing. In fact, it might even save a life. A 22-year-old California pilot got lost and strayed into Mexico last Tuesday after taking off from Glendale in a Cessna 152. By the time he got his bearings and crossed back into the U.S. near Nogales, the CBP was waiting for him — and just in time. There was less than half a gallon of gas in the 152’s tanks. After some time spent getting to know the border officials, the unidentified pilot was released and flew back to Glendale. Because he was not arrested, the CBP was not allowed to release his name.