The pilot of the RV-8 called the destination airport in Cortland, Ohio, to check on the condition of the turf runway. No concerns were noted.
The pilot said that the flight and touch down were normal but, during the landing roll, the airplane encountered a soft spot in the runway and nosed over, coming to rest inverted.
The pilot was not hurt, but the empennage and fuselage sustained substantial damage.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane after encountering an unexpected soft spot in the runway during landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA251
This May 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.