Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a passing motorist drives past a United States Army helicopter that landed on a field in Romania and asks: “Do you need gas?”
The US Army Boeing AH-64 Apache made an emergency landing in a field in the commune of Pecineaga in Romania’s south-eastern Constanta County on 25th May.
The chopper was in the area for the ongoing Defender-Europe 21 military exercise involving 26 nations “designed to build readiness and interoperability between the US, NATO allies and partner militaries”.
The car’s passenger filmed the aircraft in the field next to the road and the clip shows how the other man at the wheel slows down as he drives past.
He can be heard saying something in his native language before shouting: “Hello. Do you need gas?” The passenger then repeats: “Do you need gasoline?”
A voice from an American soldier in the distance can be heard replying: “No, thank you. We’re okay.” The driver can then be heard chuckling: “Everything’s okay. Okay.” The pair then drive off.
According to local news source Observator, the chopper had been taking part in an exercise in neighbouring Bulgaria and its pilots had to land due to an unspecified alert on board.
The clip was posted to TikTok, where it went viral, being viewed by thousands of Romanians, who were amused at their countrymen’s plucky proposition to help the US Army.
The AH-64 Apache is an attack helicopter. It has been used in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, amongst others.