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The real story behind Tom Hanks’ “Sully”

On This Day 13 Years Ago: The True Story of Tom Hanks’ ‘Sully’. Picture – wiki

On January 15, 2009, the true story of Tom Hanks’ movie “Sully” took place on the Hudson River in New York City.

On January 15, 2009, the true story of Tom Hanks’ movie “Sully” unfolded on New York’s Hudson River, when Captain Chesley Sullenberger miraculously landed on US Airways Flight 1549 after both engines failed. .

Captain Chesley Sullenberger, or “Sully”, was forced to land the plane on the Hudson River after being struck by birds. Seven years later, the film was shot.

The now retired 68-year-old pilot, who served with US Airways for 30 years between 1980 and 2010, also served as an Air Force fighter pilot for the United States and rose to the rank of captain.

The incident became known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” and was over in six minutes.

Sully was piloting a US Airways plane bound for Seattle Washington that took off from LaGuardia in New York at 3:24 p.m.

Shortly after takeoff, a flock of Canada Geese rammed the plane, causing it to lose power in both engines. Passengers reported hearing loud bangs and seeing flames coming from the plane, causing them to panic.

The bodies of the dead birds obscured the pilot’s view out of the windshield, and Sully took control while his co-pilot, Jeffrey Skiles, tried unsuccessfully to restart the engines.

Following a discussion with air traffic control about a possible emergency landing, Sully realized the flight couldn’t make any, saying, “We can’t do that. …we’re going to be in the Hudson. . ”

During the emergency landing, the aircraft flew less than 900 feet above the George Washington Bridge.

Sully told the crew and passengers to “prepare for impact” and at 3:31 p.m. he landed the plane in the middle of the Hudson River.

Incredibly, although flight attendants said it was a “hard landing”, all 155 people on board the plane survived. Five had serious injuries and many of them were treated for hypothermia.

Sullenberger told Newsweek, “We weren’t sure for many months after the investigation that we really made the right decisions at each moment and that we would ultimately be vindicated.”

“Most people don’t understand that part of the story.”

That same year, the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Congress, and the Pilot’s Union all investigated the incident and the decision to land in the river rather than attempt to return to a nearby airport.

The film starring Tom Hanks focuses on the National Transportation Safety Board investigation. According to The Guardian, it is standard procedure for the NTSB to investigate all factors that may contribute to an accident.

In 2016, the organization claimed that she was portrayed in a bad light in the film.

Robert Benzon, who led the National Transportation Safety Board investigation, said: “We are not the KGB. We are not the Gestapo.

“We are the guys with the white hats. These guys were already national heroes. We weren’t there to embarrass anyone.

Since retiring in 2010, Sully is now a bestselling author and the aviation and safety expert on CBS News.


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Gérard Truchon

An experienced journalist in internal and global political affairs, she tackles political issues from all sides

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