2 Ky. men escape death as plane crashes

DRY RIDGE, Ky. (AP) -- Two men saved themselves by parachuting from a single-engine plane that then crashed in northern Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police identified the men as Dannie Scott Sharp of Butler and Dwayne Sharp of Germantown. Both men are 33 years old.

Dannie Sharp told police the engine of the 1973 Sorrel Skybolt stalled in flight Sunday evening and he was unable to restart it. The plane crashed in Pendleton County.

Doyle Cain says he saw the plane circling with the engine silent. Cain said he saw one man jump out, then the plane headed down as the other man bailed out. Cain said the second person barely got his parachute open before he landed.

Witness Jeff Elliott says the plane struck nose first.

University of Cincinnati Hospital spokesman Don Crouse said the two are in fair condition.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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