Monday, January 16, 2017

Sully vs. The Government

This weekend online via Amazon, I watched the movie Sully, which is the story surrounding the emergency landing in the Hudson River of the US Air plane captained by  Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

The event of the landing in the river is probably familiar to most of you. What is less likely to be familiar is the attempt by the National Transportation Safety Bureau to crucify Sully for his heroic landing.

Using "flight simulation models," the NTSB claimed that Sully could have safely flown the plane to LaGuardia airport in New York or the smaller Teterboro airport in New Jersey and that the landing in the Hudson River was unwarranted.

The NTSB also questioned the claim by Sully and his co-pilot that the second engine of the plane was damaged.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, more than anything, this is a tale of what happens when a government agency, in this case likely in league with the airplane manufacturer, attempts to get its hooks into someone.

Sully's skillful navigation of the agency that was out to get him is superbly told in this film with Tom Hanks, as Sully, doing an excellent job of portraying what the pressures must have been like on Sully as the NTSB bore down on him.


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