June 30, 2016


Tom Hanks Is Captain Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood's 'Sully': Watch Trailer

On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson river after a collision with a flock of geese caused both engines to fail. The plane had only climbed to 2,800 feet, but the man piloting the aircraft—Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger II—diverted the flight from a sure disaster, and saved the lives all 150 passengers on board. 

Now, with the help of director Clint Eastwood, the hair-raising story is being remembered in a film starring Tom Hanks as the heroic pilot. Watch the trailer for Sully above. 

Slate points out that the total journey of Flight 1549 lasted three minutes, so the film doesn't entirely take place in an airplane cabin. After the plane splashed into the Hudson, there was elation and relief, but also controversy and recriminations facing captain Sully. The episode was later remembered as "The Miracle on the Hudson"; you can check out a 2009 news segment about it here.

Sully releases nationally in theaters Sept. 9.