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2 Kentuckians bail out as plane goes down

DRY RIDGE — Two men who safely parachuted from a single-engine plane that crashed in Northern Kentucky were recovering at a hospital Monday.

Dannie Scott Sharp, of Butler, and Dwayne Sharp, of Germantown, both 33, escaped from the plane Sunday night after its engine stalled.

Both men were in fair condition Monday afternoon at University Hospital in Cincinnati, said hospital spokesman Jonathan Goolsby.

Dannie Sharp told police that he was unable to restart the engine of the 1973 Sorrel Skybolt. The plane crashed in Pendleton County.

A witness told Cincinnati television stations WLWT and WCPO that he saw the plane circling and the engine was silent. Doyle Cain said he saw one man jump out, and then the plane headed down as the other man bailed. Cain said the second man barely got his parachute open before he reached the ground.

"They're both lucky men," Cain said.

The plane took off from Gene Snyder Airport in Falmouth on Sunday.

The biplane-style aircraft had an open cockpit, which made it easier to escape, said Randy Wolf, chairman of the airport board. Wolf said he had ridden in the plane last week with Dannie Sharp, who has been flying for about a year and a half.

Wolf said the two men were out sightseeing in the plane Sunday when the engine went out over an area where landing wasn't a possibility.

"Bailing out of that airplane was exactly the right thing to do," Wolf said.

Wolf said Dannie Sharp suffered ankle and back injuries.

"He's going to have some healing time, but it's a lot better than the alternative," Wolf said.

His wife, Kim Wolf, said she was thrilled when she learned the two men had survived.

"Those parachutes did what they were supposed to," Kim Wolf said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.