Aerobatics plane nearly crashes during world record attempt

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  1. deonb

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    Seen this pop in a few places today with the above title (not my choice).

    There is a "touch and go" on the water about 58 seconds into it:
     
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    Crash? Nah. Looked like it was planned to me. Dangerous and could have developed into something bad, yep.
     
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    Was he trying to tie the record for lowest AGL flight?
     
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    I was going to say, what record were they trying to break?
     
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    Can he log that as a water landing?
     
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    Only if he has the endorsement, otherwise it never happened.
     
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    By the repeated gyrations, I would say it was accidental.
     
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    Watch it again. If that was planned then it was executed poorly. The landing gear takes a pretty good impact, and on recovery there is a bit of PIO, which likely stands for "Pants Infiltrated with Odor."
     
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    It looks like it did, in fact, buff right out.
     
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    Look how much the landing gear compressed and widened:

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    Flying under the bridge was intentional, hitting the water was not.

    He was flying squirrely approaching the bridge too.
     
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    Wow that could've ended badly... yikes
     
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    This is precisely why I gave up flying under bridges. In Budapest.
     
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    I think it was intentional. He had a good position established and then he fell out of formation a good 20 ft to touch the water. Yeah, he porpoised a bit after but it was still intentional to touch.