Ever wonder how pilots manage to stay on course without road signs or anything? Well, sometimes they don’t. And just like regular, land-locked drivers, sometimes they have to stop and ask for directions as well. As seen in a YouTube video shared by The Aviationist, a fully-loaded Kazakhstani helicopter recently plopped itself down on in the middle of a snowy Kazakhstan highway, so that they could get out and ask a passing truck driver for directions.
The pilot is seen exiting the aircraft, and asking the driver of another lorry which direction the city of Aktobe is in. The two truck drivers can be heard discussing the request on their radios. Much to their amusement.
According to the description of the video, that helicopter landed somewhere near the village of Karabutak, which is in Kazakhstan. After it touched down, someone jumped out and ran to a truck parked by the side of the road nearby in order to ask for directions. The drivers who probably taped the man who was lost, can be even heard laughing at the out-of-the-blue occurrence. The pilot then returns to the Mi-8 chopper, before taking off and proceeding, presumably, in the correct direction.
“He came to ask which way to Aktobe,” says one voice trying to control his laughter. Another muffled voice added, “How can you get lost in the steppe? How the hell can you get lost in the steppe?”.
The Kazakhstan Ministry of Defence issued a statement justifying the pilot’s actions saying it was a "planned visual orienteering exercise". Adding that trainee pilots had been intentionally sent out without coordinates and were challenged to find their way to their destination "by means of human survey".
The story has now gone viral on the social media.