Spectacular Water Touch & Go goes Wrong!

Spectacular Water Touch & Go goes Wrong!

This video was filmed at the Scalaria Air Challenge, which was begun as a gathering of seaplane pilots on Lake Wolfgang in Austria. It has become a major airshow event with all sorts of aircraft on display, and its seaplane roots are clearly evident. Anyone who flies in on floats, (or in a flying boat), gets special consideration. This event is also a chance to show off a little, but watch what happens when this Do 24 flying boat hits an underwater obstruction while attempting a water touch and go. This “maneuver” was not intentional.

The Dornier Do 24 is a 1930s German three-engine flying boat designed by the Dornier Flugzeugwerke for maritime patrol and search and rescue. According to Dornier records, some 12,000 people were rescued by Do 24s during its flying career. A total of 279 were built among several factories from 1937–1945.


In February 2004, a restored aircraft was re-engined with turboprop engines, to become the Do-24 ATT. It flew around the world on a UNICEF mission to assist children in the Philippines, piloted by Iren Dornier, the grandson of Dornier founder Claudius Dornier.


After the UNICEF missions, it began running as a special charter airliner by South East Asian Airlines. In May 2014 another Iren Dornier project saw it flying at the Berlin ILA airshow, equipped with an advanced technology wing developed during the Dornier Do 228 program and it is now the only airworthy Do 24 of any sub-type.




Updated: December 3, 2015 — 11:01 AM


  1. What was the result, was it damaged?

  2. Is this a video?

  3. This “maneuver” was not intentional? What about full left rudder? And In the inside video you can see the pilot puting full throttle on right engine.

  4. If this was done on purpose then the pilot is an idiot to risk such a plane. Plus what does this have to do with an RC model?

  5. I hope that one buffed out!!!

  6. Have a look at the rudders in the spin, this was and intentional spin to show how quickly the pilot could stop the plane. If it was unintentional the rudders would be trying to counter the spin direction.

  7. Looks intentional – full left rudder held all the way through the spin…

  8. There was no damage! This was a designed short landing to show that the Do-24 ATT. can get in and out of small lakes.

  9. U say not intentional, but I see full rudder in the direction of rotation…and I don’t think an obstruction could spin that plane so fast unless he dropped an anchor

  10. Anyone thought to ask the pilot?

  11. Wow this is better than the Shotover River jet boat turns in New Zealand, looks like he must have forgotten he was flying and put his foot down to take off again, hitting the gas pedal hard,ooh! that would be the brake pedal.

  12. Here you go all you speculators he was trying to avoid debris and it kind got away from him heres a link to the story. enjoy an awesome plane and yes it was slightly damaged. http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/watch-this-one-of-a-kind-dornier-do-24-flying-boat-spin-1729517762

  13. If that was intentional he’s a fool

  14. The title is GROSSLY misleading (or ignorant if the author was unable to exercise diligence) The narrative of this story is all wrong. There was no underwater obstruction. The maneuver was purely intentional. I had to check to see if I was on the Onion and it was a farcical piece. Nope just terrible validation of material. Shameful.

  15. Of course this was intentional.
    First, there is no way an underwater object would cause a “ground-loop” like this. You would have to catch a wingtip on a building to cause that kind of spin.

    Second, look at the rudders, from the beginning the pilot is holding full left rudder. He was probably demonstrating a Short Lake landing and was going to take-off again 180 degrees in to the wind since witnesses stated he landed with a tail wind.

    Third, the Scolaria is nothing but a huge gathering for show-offs for the rich&tethered standing on the docks.

    That pilot is Iren Dornier, the Grandson of the Founder of the company and he can do anything he wants with his airplane.
    Yes, there was damage to the airplane but nothing significant enough to stop and spin an airplane that size. The damage was probably coincidental.
    I’m sure his face is red.

  16. To those who say that the pilot applied full rudder- consider the aerodynamic forces on the rudder when hit by a strong crosswind as would result from the unintentional spin (waterloop?) the author describes. If the plane hit something in the water, I would expect it to nose over, which I see a little of at the point where we first see it spinning, then if the hull was damaged, drag would spin it extremely fast as seen.

  17. My 2 bits worth. Quite obviously on purpose. Few sea planes could do it. This aircraft as many of the old “flying Boats” in the Pan Am days were built with a sort of water wing under the fuse. People that are really good with a Lake Amphibian or Lake Renegade, 1/1 scale can do a similar stunt. The only thing that really bothered me was to see water go over or close to those props and engines! I am a CFII with more than 500 hours of Alaska float plane time. I don’t know it all, but I know some, most of which I learned the “hard Way.”

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