Article by Mikaela Wall
Photo Courtesy of IMDB
“Brace for impact.” Those are the words passengers heard over the intercom of US Airways flight 1549 before it crash-landed into the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009.
It was a routine afternoon flight taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport headed to Charlotte. About 3 minutes into take off from LaGuardia, the plane came into contact with a flock of geese, causing both engines to lose power very quickly.
The pilot, Chesley Sullenberger and first officer Jeffrey Skiles decided that there was not enough time to turn back to LaGuardia or to land at Teterboro airport in New Jersey so they made the life saving decision to ditch (water landing) on the Hudson River.
A nearby watercraft saved the passengers and crew as the US Airways plane slowly sank to the bottom of the Hudson. The executive decision made by the pilot and first officer saved the lives of one hundred and fifty five people in an event we now know as “Miracle on the Hudson.” Chesley Sullenberger, Sully, and Jeffrey Skiles are seen as heroes in the eyes of the media and public for their judgment and courage.
Nearly seven years later, Hollywood released a movie directed by Clint Eastwood called Sully, with Tom Hanks as Sully and Aaron Eckhart as Jeff. The movie highlights the decisions made in the cockpit that saved the lives of the crew and passengers on board and the investigation that could destroy Sully’s career, despite his heroic actions.
Sully has been in theaters for about 3 months and has achieved great success and fame. As of Oct. 10, Eastwood’s film has received 152.5 million USD in the box office with a budget of 60 million USD. It has received an audience score on Rotten Tomatoes of 88% and an 82% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter.
People were far more accepting of this movie being produced because there were no casualties. This was an event that could of had a catastrophic ending, but it was just the opposite. The movie allows people remember the fearless actions of pilot Sullenberger and first officer Skiles, actions that should be commemorated forever.