The pilot reported that he lost directional control of the Luscombe 8A during the takeoff roll at the airport in Ellinwood, Kansas.
The plane encountered soft ground conditions when it reached the shoulder of the runway.
It went into the adjoining field and nosed over, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage.
The NTSB determined the probable cause was that the pilot failed to maintain directional control during takeoff.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA453
This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.