In a November night, in 1992, three military helicopters encountered an unidentified aerial phenomenon. The airplanes accomplished a night flight in “triangle” from Buzau to Urziceni, with return after passing Mizil. The weather was ideal for flying, with unusually clear sky. At first, the flying at an altitude of 100 meters, with 150 km/h, seemed running smoothly and the pilots of the three devices threw their look occasionally to the cars circulating at that time, along with their route, on the European road 85 to Urziceni. Retired Colonel Marcel Smoleanu, today deputy chairman of Buzau branch of the veteran pilots association ARPIA, led the first helicopter. He reports that: “It was an easy task, for training. Helicopters had no weapons. On each device was a pilot, a second and a technician. We left around 22.00, expecting to return at around 24.00. It was a pleasant flight so that each of us was taken with his thoughts. We listened quietly a soft music found through a radio station”. “At one point I froze with my hand on the stick, when I suddenly saw approaching from the left a bright red sphere. It was huge, with an estimated diameter of nearly 20 meters. It was no change of color, no flicker, no noise and no trail of smoke. The object started flying in parallel with the helicopters.” “I tried to explain to myself what it could be, and, at one point, I thought that it is possible that this strange object is not manufactured on earth. I also asked my colleagues if they see the same thing I see, and they have confirmed briefly, not adding a word. I was so shocked by what happened to us, that I could not speak more”, says Smoleanu. “I was mesmerized. Later I thought it might be a UFO, something seeking us from outside”. The pilot did not look at all to the instruments, so he does not know if the occurrence had any influence on them. However, the engine speed was not disturbed in any way. Frightened by the unusual experience Smoleanu asked the pilots of other helicopters: “Do you see what I see?” They confirmed. Then, although they knew, before leaving, that there was no flight scheduled in that area, Smoleanu called for explanation the military base at Urziceni which also had helicopters, asking: “Do you have something in the air?” He was told that there is nothing in the air, not from them, nor from Otopeni (near Bucharest).
After tens of seconds in which the pilots did not know how to react, the object has made some unusual maneuvers. “At one point, our tracker has accelerated sharply and reached an incredible speed. He went suddenly from us, and making an impossible turn, in an angle of 90 degrees, without reducing speed, it cut our path. He entered our travel axis, therefore I made a turn to the left and I slowed almost to hover. After this maneuver our object disappeared” adds Smoleanu. ”As suddenly as it appeared, it was extinguished. Even in a light bulb, when it is off, we see the filament. Here, just suddenly there was nothing in the face.” The flight exercise was stopped. Arriving in emergency to their base, the pilots reported the incident to the commander of the Boboc aviation school, near Buzau. Smoleanu commented: “They had no way to think I’m crazy, because there were still eight witnesses but me. All of us had made the medical visit, including psychological test, which is not a joke in aviation. Therefore, they did not put into question our story… Commander of the school reported to General Alexandru everything we have seen that night. Next morning, we were called to report to the commander’s office, where the General expected us. He said only – gentlemen, watch what you say, because you have not seen anything last night! Do you understand? You have seen nothing… and made a gesture as though he would pull zipper over mouth. From this I deduced that we must keep our mouth, thing I did till now, said Colonel Smoleanu. NOTE: The above image is a rendering.