Sully

 

220px-sully_xxlgI just saw Sully starring Tom Hanks.  I think it was one of the best movies I have seen lately.  If you have not seen it yet, please give it a try.  I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Sully is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, co-produced by Frank Marshall, Time Moore and Allyn Stewart and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film stars Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, with Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara in supporting roles.

On January 15, 2009, US Airways pilots Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffery Skiles board US Airways Flight 1549 from LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, taking off within minutes. Barely three minutes into the flight, at an approximate altitude of 2,800 feet (approx. 850 m), the Airbus A320 hits a flock of Canada geese, disabling both engines. Without engine power or any airports within a safe distance, Teterboro Airport being the closest, Sully decides to ditch the aircraft on the Hudson River. Sullenberger manages to land the aircraft in the Hudson with no casualties. The press and public immediately hail him as a hero, but the experience leaves him with PTSD, repeatedly envisioning the plane crashing into a building.

Afterwards, Sullenberger learns that tests conducted for the National Transportation Safety Board suggest that the left engine was still running at idle. Theoretically, this would have left Sullenberger with enough power to return to LaGuardia or land at Teterboro. Furthermore, the board of inquiry claims that several confidential flight simulations created from all available data conclude that the plane could have been able to safely land at either airport even with both engines disabled. Sullenberger, however, maintains that he lost both engines, which left him without nearly enough time, speed or altitude to safely land at any airport.

Sullenberger realizes that the NTSB is angling to have the accident deemed pilot error—which would effectively end his career. In a bid to save his reputation, he arranges to have the simulator pilots available for a live recreation at the public hearing on the accident. When both simulations land successfully, Sullenberger counters that the simulations were unrealistic because the pilots immediately knew what actions to take, thus removing human error. When pressed, the inquiry board admits that the pilots were allowed several practice sessions prior to the simulations that were shown at the hearing.

Conceding the point, the inquiry board orders the simulation redone with a 35-second pause after the bird strike before any emergency maneuvers are attempted—roughly matching Sullenberger’s reaction time. The LaGuardia simulation ends with the plane plowing through a pier, while the Teterboro simulation ends with the plane colliding with a building. After a short break, the board of inquiry announces that the left engine had been recovered from the Hudson, showing indisputable signs that it was completely destroyed by the bird strike. The board concludes that the loss of Flight 1549 was unavoidable, and that Sullenberger took the logical route to save the passengers’ lives


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