Monday, August 29, 2016


With Sully Sullenberger in West Hollywood
When US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of geese on leaving La Guardia airport, the pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger 111 made the decision to put the plane down on the Hudson River. 
  "I knew it was going to be a life changing event and I knew it was going to be the worst day of my life," he told me. 
  Well, he was right about the first part, but not the second. In fact his successful water landing was without doubt the best thing that ever happened to him.
  All the passengers and crew survived and Sully, as he likes to be called, was hailed as a hero and has been reaping the benefits ever since. He has become an international speaker on airline safety, is the Aviation and Safety Expert for CBS News, has written two books, was presented with the Key to the City of New York by Mayor Bloomberg, who dubbed hm "Captain Cool," and he threw out the first pitch of the 2009 baseball season for the San Francisco Giants.  
Tom Hanks as Sully
   On top of everything else he is the subject of a new film, Sully, which was directed by Clint Eastwood and in which he is played by the ubiquitous Tom Hanks..
  He says of Hanks: "I think he did a masterful job and he really transforms himself in every way, the speech, the cadence of the walk, the mannerisms and the attitude that he has about things.
  "I have seen the film twice and it was a very emotional experience --- almost an out of body experience---to see someone else become like me."
  Currently hired by Warner Bros. to help promote the movie, it seems he does not tire of relating the events of January 15 2009 when the Airbus A320 bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, hit the flock of birds shortly after take off and both engines were disabled. 
  "No one had ever trained for an event like this but I was confident that I could take what I did know and adapt it and apply it in a new way and do something that I had never done before and get it right the first time," he said. "And if I did it well enough then the airplane would remain intact, and it would float long enough for us to be rescued.
  "And that is what happened."

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