“No one said you are going to lose both engines at a lower altitude than any jet in history."
As bad days on the job go, it wasn’t the best for Captain Chelsey B Sullengberger, piloting US Airways Flight 1549 on 15 January 2009 - yet he managed, making an audacious landing on New York City’s Hudson River to save all 155 passengers and crew aboard.
Cast into the spotlight for this ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, the man affectionately known as Sully was an instant hero, if a reluctant one, also dogged by questions from airline investigators in the wake of the crash regarding worries he may have actually put those people in jeopardy.
They said it was like something out of a film and now - quite predictably - it is one, starring another all American hero Tom Hanks. Rocking a seriously good moustache, Hanks looks the business, as does the equally hirsute Aaron Eckhart, who features as Sully’s loyal co-pilot Jeff Skiles. Quite how Eckhart measures up against Wilson from Castaway remains to be seen.
Directed by Clint Eastwood and not a million (air) miles from Flight, which saw Denzel Washington’s boozy pilot thrust into the international spotlight for performing a controversial manoeuvre during a crash landing, Sully promises to delve deeper into the unknown story for the Sullengberger family.
Perfectly timed for awards season, it could make a hell of a splash come Oscar time.
Sully will be out in cinemas from 9 September