An award-winning Toronto developer died Monday after his plane crashed during a snowstorm near the Maine-Quebec border.
Paul Oberman, the 53-year-old president and CEO of Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, died when the four-seat Diamond DA-40 plane he was travelling in went down in a remote wooded area south of Saint-Pamphile, Que., in Maine’s Somerset County.
A second man in the plane was taken to a hospital in Quebec City with serious injuries.
Steve McCausland, with the Maine Public Safety Department, said the plane left Halifax for Quebec on Monday.
He said the pilot reported icing in the afternoon. At 4 p.m. AT, the plane’s emergency transponder went off, alerting emergency officials.
A Cormorant and a Hercules aircraft from the airbase in Greenwood, N.S., were sent to the crash site Monday night.
A crew found the wreckage at 9 p.m. AT. Crews with the Maine Warden Service were hoping to reach the site on Tuesday. Snow-clogged logging roads were making it difficult to reach the scene.
“We had snowmobiles get stuck last night,” said Lt. Kevin Adam, who is with the service.
“We put in a really, really hard effort, but we just had to pull out.”
Between 50 and 70 centimetres of snow fell in the area on Monday.
Oberman was an award-winning developer, leading a company that specialized in restoring heritage buildings. The company had been recognized with such honours as the Governor General’s Architecture Award.
He worked on high-profile Canadian buildings including the Chambers in Ottawa, home to the Senate offices.
He was involved in restoring the Summerhill-North Toronto CPR station and turning it into an LCBO store.
Oberman also had a hand in restoring the post office building in Westmount, Que.