Synopsis: On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully", glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 33 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Flight 1549, runway 4.

Clear to take off.

This is Flight 1549, clear for take off.

Mayday, Mayday, Captain 1549,

we've lost both engines.

Both engines.

No rely on motor 2.

Captain 1549, We can get a view,

can you try to make it to runway 913

Tower control, we can make it,

We're turning back towards LaGuardia.

LaGuardia tower, Flight 1549

We're trying to make 13.

Sully! We are too low!

Sully! We are too low!

Come on!

It's set on fire!

Come on!


Lory I love you!

What the hell is the matter with you?

Everyone, EVERYONE survived on flight 1549!

You think you'll die,

that's what you think.

And then, miraculously you don't!

Thank you Captain, Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you Captain Sullberger for being here today.

I would also wanna welcome First Officer Skiles.

Glad you made it at this point.

Not as well as we are.

For the record.

We have an aircraft system investigation...

and also aircraft structures, MRT...

aircraft perfomance, ATC, wide life factors,

survival factors...

and emergency response.

Today we begin...

with our operations,

human performance and investigations...

On the crash of US Flight 1549.

The water landing.


This was not a crash, it was a water landing.

We knew what we were trying to execute here.

It was not a crash, it was a forced water landing.

Why didn't you attempt to return to LaGuardia?

That simply was not enough altitude.

The Hudson was the only place who's long enough and

smooth enough and wide enough to even attempt a landing.

Air traffic testified that you stated that you were

returning to LaGuardia but you did not.

As I began the left turn...

I realized I couldn't make it back

and I would have eliminated the other options...

returning to LaGuardia would have been a mistake.

Let's get into how you calculated all those parameters.

There was no time for calculating.

I had relied on my experience of managing the altitude

and speed of thousand of flights over four decades.

You're saying you didn't do it...

I eyeballed it.

You eyeballed it?


The best chance those passengers had

was on that River.

And I bet my life on it.

In fact, I did!

And I would do it again.

Aviation engineers are theorizing that you had

enough energy to make it back to the runway.

Well, engineers are not pilots.

They're wrong.

And they weren't there.

Regardless, we have to follow up on all implications

as part of our investigation.

Our computers were there thriving scenario...

algorithms, which generate simulations

with your exact parameters...

the engine loss,

the altitude, everything you faced...

when you made your decision.

I would like to oversee those computer simulations.

Not possible during the investigation.

You stated there was a dual engine failure...

due to multiple bird strikes?

That would be unprecedented!

Everything is unprecedented,

until it happens for the first time.

How much sleep did you get the night before?

Eight hours, enough.

Was it possible that blood sugar was low?

I was rested, alert, and completely

aware of my surroundings.

When was your last drink, Captain Sullenberger?

Nine days ago.


No, I've never.

First Officer Skiles?

Don't drink.

Never have.


have you had any troubles at home lately?

Well, no more than anyone else.

And nothing that affected my work.


But why are they looking for something

we did wrong...

when that all turned out right?

It didn't turned out right for the Airline

and their insurance company.

We should expect some blowback.

Oh like what they can say?

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Todd Komarnicki

Todd Komarnicki (born 19 October 1965 in Philadelphia) is a playwright, director, producer, screenwriter, and American novelist. He resides in NYC with his wife, Jane Bradbury, and their two children. more…

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