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Is The First Sully Trailer Accurate?

Submitted by on July 2, 2016 – 11:57 amNo Comment
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The first trailer for Sully landed this week, and it purports to uncover drama and turmoil behind a universally loved public figure. The blockbuster directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Capt. Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger is based in the “Miracle on the Hudson,” a 2009 forced landing of a commercial airliner on the Hudson River and on Sullenberger’s memoir of the event.

The US Airways flight struck geese almost immediately after taking of from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, losing both it’s engines. Sullenberger, a veteran pilot, took control of the craft, and after determining they could not make it to an airport, landed the craft safely on the Hudson. All 135 aboard survived.

Accounts have pointed out that the emergency landing was not the end of the ordeal. Those aboard had to flee the quickly sinking vessel; some plunged into the freezing water, others waited in the even colder January air.

Sullenberger received almost immediate universal praise. Authorities seemed to agree he handled the emergency better than almost anyone could. The day following the landing, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board called it “the most successful ditching in aviation history.”

But the Sully trailer shows the pilot besieged by bureaucrats and media that want to blame Sullenberger for unnecessary risk, ruining his home life.

“When was your last drink, Captain Sullenberger? Have you had any troubles at home?” someone asks.

Is this an unseen chapter of the story? Or did Eastwood, a director who thrives on tortured, messianic male protagonists, just need some major filler for a movie about a six-minute flight? We’ll find out when the movie debuts on September 9.

 

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