A large clearing on the south end of Isla Sorna was the best place to safely land on the island from the air. In 1995, this was the spot where a pair helicopter dropped off Dr. Ian Malcolm, Eddie Carr, Dr. Jack Thorne, and (secretly) R. B. Benton and Kelly Curtis, along their equipment in a presumed rescue mission of Dr. Richard Levine, who was stranded on the island. The clearing was overgrown in tall grass, and surrounded by dense jungle. The clearing held the faint remains of one of the roads that traversed across the island. The helicopters returned to the spot the next day to retrieve the team, however after the team never showed, the helicopters left, leaving the team to be forced to look for an alternate way off the island.