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Small plane crash in Maine snowstorm kills one, injures another

BUCKLAND, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The crash of a single-engine plane in Maine, which killed one man and injured another, may have been caused by icing problems from a storm that pounded the region with about two feet of snow, authorities said on Tuesday.

The four-seat Diamond DA-40 plane enroute from Halifax, Canada, to Quebec City went down on Monday in remote woods near Daaquam, Maine, about two miles from the U.S.-Canadian border, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The pilot had radioed between in mid-afternoon that the plane was experiencing icing as it flew through the snowstorm and he was searching for an airstrip, McCausland told Reuters.

The aircraft's emergency transponder was set off some time later by the crash in the remote northwestern Maine woods, he said.

The crash site was identified by air that night, and a Canadian rescue helicopter flew the injured man to a hospital in Canada, he said.

The deceased man's body remained at the site as U.S. emergency personnel tried to reach the area, accessible only by snow-blanketed logging roads, by ground. It was unclear whether the sole survivor was the pilot or passenger, McCausland said.

Officials did not yet have information about the identities, ages, or hometowns of the two men, and it was not clear where the plane was registered. It had departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, earlier in the day on a recreational flight and may have been on its return, McCausland said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was expected to investigate the crash, he said.

(Reporting by Zach Howard; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)

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