“Sully” Movie Review

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), his First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), and 153 passengers and crew had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport when, at about 2800 feet in altitude, they were struck by a flock of birds.

Unusually, the birds knocked out both engines of the A320 they were flying, and they were now…….a very large glider.

With 42 years of experience, Sully determined that he did not have enough altitude or speed to reach LaGuardia or Teterboro Airports.  So he did the next best thing….he (and Skiles) landed the A320 in the Hudson River.  Everyone survived.

But the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) was not convinced he did the right thing (insurance companies were probably behind this) and questioned his decision to ditch the plane in the river.  In fact, they performed numerous simulations (computer-based) that showed he could have made it to an airport safely.

Sully’s reputation was being, well, sullied.

“Sully” is a fascinating look at what happened during and after the Hudson River landing of U S Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009.  Sully was a hero to many, but, his decisions were severely questioned by the NTSB, until he requested a full and honest simulation involving real people in the simulator with no practice flights (horribly, and dishonestly, the NTSB allowed the simulator pilots to practice the Sully scenario up to 17 times before coming to a conclusion)…….Sully only had one chance, and history shows that he made the right decision.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Xfinity.

Drive Safe! Never Forget.


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