This May Be the Weirdest Request for Directions Ever

Helicopter pilot lands to ask a trucker
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Updated Feb 17, 2017 1:00 AM CST

Some guys will never ask for directions. And some guys have no qualms about landing a military helicopter in the middle of the road to do so. A post at RT explains the bizarre scene captured on video. The pilot of a Kazakhstani chopper landed his $14 million aircraft on a snowy highway, stopping trucks in their tracks. Soon, the pilot hops out, runs to the first truck, shakes the driver's hand, has a chat, runs back to his Mi-8 gunship, and takes off. “They were lost,” explains the trucker's voice over the radio. “He came to ask which way to Aktobe.”

The video is now making the rounds, prompting the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense to defend its trainee pilot, notes Australia's 9News. He was apparently sent out as part of a "visual orienteering exercise" in which he was supposed to figure out his way back "by means of human survey." It's not clear, however, whether stopping to ask truckers counts as cheating. “How can you get lost in the steppe?" another trucker is quoted as asking. "How the hell can you get lost in the steppe?” (More strange stuff stories.)

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