March 02, 2017

To err is human. To get lost, descend from the sky, and land a helicopter on a highway to ask for directions? Seems fairly divine.

A few weeks ago, a Mi-8 helicopter landed on a highway in Kazakhstan, somewhere near the village of Karabutak. Once the aircraft landed, someone jumped out, ran to a truck parked on the side of the road, shook the hand of the driver and asked for directions.

After getting the directional assistance he needed, the pilot jumped back in the helicopter and took off. The entire situation would seem surreal and too unlikely to be real if there wasn’t video evidence.

“How can you get lost in the steppe? How the hell can you get lost in the steppe?” one voice in the video asked.

After the video started circulating on social media, the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense issued a statement, saying that the unusual landing was part of a “planned visual orienteering exercise.”

As part of the exercise, pilots-in-training were sent out on a mission without any coordinates and were tasked with reaching their final destination “by means of human survey.”

They added that the mission was a success and the pilot did, in fact, arrive at his destination. Although it’s unclear whether or not the helicopter lost its flight path because the pilot decided to take a shortcut.

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