NTSB Identification: MIA98LA240.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 05, 1998 in WINNSBORO, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/28/2000
Aircraft: Grumman AA-5B, registration: N28395
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Returning to their home field after conducting practice instrument approaches, in cruise flight at 2,500 feet msl, the pilot and his safety pilot/passenger experienced a gradual loss of power. They turned toward, and were given distance and headings from Columbia ATC to the nearest airfield when they decided they wouldn't make it, and landed in a grass pasture sustaining substantial damage. Post-crash examination and operation of the engine, on the aircraft, using the pre-crash fuel source, revealed nothing that would have caused the loss of power. Using the reported meteorological conditions at the time of the accident, reference to carburetor icing charts puts this flight within the region labeled, 'visible icing @ glide and cruise power'.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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