Plane crash survivor recounts horrific scene

By Jacqueline Sprague - bio | email

FALMOUTH, KY (FOX19) - A plane loses power in mid-air and crashes to the ground in Pendleton County. Two cousins on board jumped out of the plane, their parachutes their lifelines.

One of the surivors, Dwayne Sharp, spoke with FOX19 about how he survived.

"We both had that look like this is the last time we might see each other," said Dwayne Sharp.

When Dwayne and his cousin Dannie took off from Gene Snyder Airport, they had no idea what was in store for them.

They set out on a casual ride in a Skybolt Biplane, but that flight turned into a frightening fight for survival.

"There was just a black puff of smoke, a violent shake and the engine just locked up," recalled. Dwayne.

Dwayne says a few seconds later, his cousin told him he had to jump from the plane.

"I didn't have my harness on right and when I pulled my chute, it didn't open right and when the chute deployed it was actually choking me and I was hanging by my neck," he said.

Dwayne broke his foot in the crash and says his cousin is in much worse condition than him because his parachute didn't deploy.

"When he hit the ground it was pretty much full impact, his legs, his back absorbed most of the impact, he crushed both his legs, his heel and he broke three vertebrae in his back," Dwayne said.

Dwayne says he owes his cousin a lot.

"He put me first and I honestly think he saved my life," he said.