WATCH: New Movie Gives Insight Into Miracle On Hudson
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A new movie powered by a pair of high-level stars shows the aftermath of what happened when USAir Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger emerged a hero after the "Miracle on the Hudson."
And it certainly wasn’t all blue skies.
“Sully," as the film is titled, follows what Sullenberger went through in the days, weeks and months after he successfully set USAir Flight 1549 down in the Hudson River in New York City on Jan. 15, 2009.
Minutes after takeoff, bird strikes shut down both engines of the plane with 155 passengers aboard, and Sullenberger had to make a snap decision.
He felt he could not make it back to LaGuardia Airport, from where he had taken off, nor could he land at nearby private Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Sullenberger deftly landed the plane in the cold waters of the Hudson River, with passengers evacuating on inflatable devices and congregating on the wing as nearby boats came to the rescue. All 155 survived without major injury.
But while he was rightfully hailed as a hero, the film concentrates mostly on the aftermath and the personal and somewhat public torment and scrutiny Sullenberger faced. In the trailers for the film – directed by Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Sullenberger – the pilot is shown being grilled by officials with questions ranging from everything to when the last time he had a drink to why he didn’t turn back to LGA.
Here’s a look at “Sully.” The film comes out on Sept. 9.
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