One killed, one injured in plane crash on Maine-Quebec border

Posted March 07, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.

Authorities began searching for a small plane experiencing trouble Monday afternoon and found the wreckage along the Maine-Quebec border later in the evening. One occupant of the plane was killed and another was injured, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

According to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland, a pilot radioed midafternoon Monday that he was experiencing icing and was going to try to find a place to land. The airplane’s emergency responder was activated a short time afterward.

A Canadian search and rescue helicopter located the crash site in northwest Somerset County, according to McCausland, and reported one person was killed in the crash and a second was injured. The helicopter airlifted the injured person from the crash site and was flying to a hospital in Quebec, he said.

The identities of the plane’s occupants weren’t immediately available, McCausland said.

Maine State Police, the Maine Warden Service and Maine Emergency Management Agency participated in the search.

The crash site is accessible only by logging roads, McCausland said, and most of the logging roads have not been plowed.

The plane was reported to be a Diamond DA-40, a single-engine plane with four seats. The plane had left Halifax, Nova Scotia, earlier in the day en route to Quebec and may have been on its return flight, according to McCausland.

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