Pilot and daredevil Hugh Armstrong Robinson making a crash landing on water near Nice, France, 1912. He survived the crash.
The incident was described in an 1912 issue of “Aero and Hydro: America’s Aviation Weekly”:
After gliding over the surface of the sea for a hundred yards the hydroaeroplane rose 250 feet and described two large circles above the bay. Robinson then turned back, intending to alight on the sea. A strong wind from the rear interfered with the control and he was obliged to make too sudden a descent. As the floats of his aeroplane touched the water an immense wave caught the back of the machine and overturned it. Robinson was thrown forward and turned several somersaults, falling into the sea. The aviator supported himself till help came. He was not hurt. The pilot’s seat is directly in the front of the machine, so he was thrown forward instead of being dragged beneath it. The aeroplane was partly wrecked, except the motor, which was not damaged.