On Thursday, January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when pilot Chesley"Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all one hundred fifty-five aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Todd Komarnicki, Chesley Sullenberger (based on the book "Highest Duty" by), Jeffrey Zaslow (based on the book "Highest Duty" by)
Production: Warner Bros.
Released: 09 Sep 2016
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 33 nominations.
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First Officer Skiles
Everything is unprecedented until it...
It's been a while since New York had...
What did you think
It's not a crash
Is that you
Brace for impact
Aren't you coming
What just happened
Just once I'd like to get out of...
A pilot never stops acquiring knowledge
This is two men freezing their asses off
We're going on David Letterman
With service to Charlotte
- Runway four. Cleared for takeoff. SULLY: Cactus 1549. Cleared for takeoff. (AIRPLANE ENGINE REVVING)
- (ENGINES SHUTTING DOWN LOUDLY)
- (METAL CREAKING) - Mayday, mayday. Cactus 1549. - (ALARMS BEEPING) We've lost both engines. Both engines. (LOUD RUMBLING)
- No relight on one or two. PATRICK: Cactus 1549, if we can get it for you, do you wanna try to land runway 1-3? Departure control, we can make it. We're turning back towards LaGuardia. (ENGINE RU
- SULLY: LaGuardia Tower, Cactus 1549, trying to make 1-3. SKILES: Sully, we're too low. Sully, we're too low! Come on.
- (PASSENGERS SCREAMING) (SOFTLY) Just a little farther.
- Come on. (ALARMS CONTINUE BEEPING)
- (BRAKES SCREECHING) MAN: What the hell's the matter with you?
- MALE NEWSCASTER: The onboard count, 150 passengers, three flight attendants and two pilots, one of whom, the senior pilot, drew on all of his experience and skill, which combined with near-mira
- How much sleep did you get the night before? Eight hours. Enough. Is it possible your blood sugar was low? I was rested, alert and completely aware of my surroundings. When was your last drink,
- Captain, have you had any troubles at home lately?
- No more than anyone else. And nothing that affected my work.
- It's bullshit. Why are they looking for something we did wrong when it all turned out right? It didn't turn out all right for the airline and their insurance company. We should expect some blowb
- Not meaning to bother, but I have to say, it is an honor driving you today. Thank you. What has it been this year so far? Bernie Madoff, two wars without end. Many million new people with no work
- Finally! Yeah, finally. The NTSB had us tied up all day. I know. I just needed to hear your voice. I've been hearing everybody else's. You'd be amazed how many cousins you have. It doesn't feel
- Pretty quiet here, too. The reporters want me to give an update inside the mind of Sully. What should I tell them? Lorrie, tell them you're not allowed to talk to anybody. - Look, I can't hear y
- MALE REPORTER 1: Hey, Captain Sully! - Captain Sully! - FEMALE REPORTER 1: Sully!
- How does it feel to be a miracle maker? Sully, one question! - How did you pull off the impossible? - MALE REPORTER 2: Sully! Captain Sully! Sully!
- FEMALE REPORTER 2: Captain Sully! (INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER)
- I want you to know, I did the best I could. Of course you did. You saved everyone.
- Uh, maybe we should just talk in the morning. I'm tired. I'm overwhelmed by all this attention. (SIGHS) I'm gonna be on TV in the morning. What are they gonna ask me? What am I gonna say? Sully
- Why Captain Sullenberger made that fateful decision to turn the Hudson into a runway? Well, only he can answer. But we now know it was the wrong choice. A choice that endangered the lives of all
- - Hello? - SULLY: Jeff? I'm sorry to call so late. It's okay. There's no sleep in this room either. Can you believe they charge $5 for a Snickers? I could bankrupt the airline in about four bi
- Just thought maybe you would want to, uh... Talk? Absolutely.
- Let's get some air. Great. All right. Be down there in five minutes.
- You enjoying the shakes? The nightmares, rapid heartbeat. A little bit. Union's offering us counseling. (SCOFFS) Yeah. What are they gonna say? "You were in a plane crash and lived. "It may have
- We're doing David Letterman? Yeah. Right after the next NTSB interview. Letterman. SKILES: I'm guessing Dave is gonna be slightly funnier. SULLY: This is so surreal. I guess I'm having a little
- Sully. Don't worry. You did a great thing. It's gonna be remembered for a very long time. Here's the funny thing. I've delivered a million passengers over 40 years in the air, but in the end,
- Come on. Tomorrow's gonna be a good day. Computer sims will prove you were right. We can all put our wings back on. You wanna run? Yeah, let's run. (BOTH EXHALING LOUDLY)
- SKILES: Fucking cold out here. It was obvious. It was a critical situation, losing thrust in both engines at a low altitude over one of the most densely populated areas of the planet. But choos
- You've been flying for what, nearly 40 years? Forty-two. It's been my life. My whole life.
- I'll be busy crop dusting in the Super Cub rest of the summer. So, you can take the plane up, I guess, when you please. Still six bucks an hour. I'll consider it lesson time. A pilot never stops
- Oh, one other thing, and this is important. - Sir? - You can go ahead and smile. (CHUCKLES) All right.
- - I apologize for the perspiration. - Oh, no. After what you did, I'd think that Katie couldn't be too intimidating. Oh, it wasn't Katie. It was the lights and the camera that she brought with
- That was from my mom. (CHUCKLES) Her name is Brenda, she says to say "thank you" and that she's single. Well, you tell Brenda thank you, but I've got a girl at home. - Lucky woman. (CHUCKLES) -
- CLEARY: Sully. Sully. Sully!
- Sully, where are you? I'm standing here calling your name. What's up with you?
- You need to get focused. Because the media request avalanche continues. Yeah. Yeah.
- Larry Rooney volunteered to jump in and ride shotgun with you the rest of the way. Thought you might need a friend. He'll take you to today's NTSB meeting. Airbus completed their computer simula
- (REPORTERS CLAMORING) Is retirement next?
- What's next for you? What's next? OFFICER: Some room, please. LARRY ROONEY: Sully! Over here! Hey, Larry. Good to see a friendly face.
- Might be the last one you see today.
- SKILES: You've got to be kidding me. We've been through all this before. CHARLES: Look, I'm sorry if you're frustrated, but our job is to investigate how a plane ended up in the Hudson River. -
- Isn't it a little early in the year to go fishing? Seeking the facts is hardly "fishing," Mr. Skiles. SKILES: Okay, then here's the most important fact. There's only two people who know what ha
- Look, I just finished training on the A320 and I can tell you, the only reason the plane operated as well as it did, that the aircraft could land anywhere, is because Captain Sullenberger turned
- Maybe that's the part you don't like. You're not used to having answers to your guesses.
- Does anyone need to hear further computer evidence?
- Captain Sullenberger? First Officer Skiles? Not at this time. I would like to go over the parameters that were used. We will make them available to the union. LARRY ROONEY: Thank you. Once the
- (BOTH SIGHING) When the complete cockpit voice recording is compiled, along with ATC and all onboard transcripts combined, we will call you back. Thank you, gentlemen. Good day.
- They're playing Pacman. You were flying a plane full of human beings. Somehow, that's not how I remember it. It just doesn't seem right. It's because it's not right. Sully, you did everything yo
- (AUDIENCE LAUGHING) So what was the first thing you heard from the cockpit? - "Brace for impact." Yes. - "Brace for impact." Now, uh, ever hear that before coming out of a cockpit? - No, not ev
- They could take this show away from me.
- Jeff was relaxed and funny. He should be getting all of our interview requests. LORRIE: Are they paying you for all this media stuff at least? It's news, Lorr. No payment is necessary. Oh, I wi
- We'll find a tenant. It just takes time. Yeah, you've been saying that for nine months, Sully. It's still vacant. The economy has to take a turn. It feels like if we lose that space, the next d
- What if I did blow this? What are you saying? What if I did get this wrong, so close to the end of my career? If I endangered the lives of all those passengers? Sully, watch the news. You're a h
- And the Airbus simulations say I could've made it back to LaGuardia safely. But that doesn't make sense. Doesn't jibe with everything I felt in the cockpit. Then why did you do it, Sully? What,
- The, uh, tuna basil or the ham and cheddar? Tuna basil, Mr. Sully. Very fresh.
- - Thank you. - Be careful up there. Too cold today. Too much cold. When are you gonna come fly with me? (GRUNTS) When US Air starts flights to Hyderabad. I will talk to the chairman, see what w
- SULLY: Good afternoon, Sheila. SHEILA: Captain.
- - Hello, Donna. - DONNA: Captain. - Jeff. - Hey, Sully. How are ya?
- Hey, guys! Jeff! We're not gonna make it! I've been waiting for a year for this trip, Dad. I'm not gonna miss this flight. Just meet us at the gate, okay? JIMMY: We'll see you there, Uncle Robbi
- Altimeter is verified. 3-0-2-3. 3-0-2-3.
- You really think they'll release us? I've checked the latest reports. We're clear all the way to Charlotte.
- Be sure you turn that off. Tray table up.
- Just once I'd like to get out of LaGuardia on time. Well, you know the only way to get out of LaGuardia on time. Yeah, what's that? - Fly out of JFK. - (CHUCKLES) Funny.
- SKILES: Takeoff minimum fuel quantity verify. 19, 000 pounds required. We got 21.8 onboard. 19,000 pounds required. 21.8 onboard. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER 1: Cactus 1549. Runway 4. Cleared for tak
- SULLY: Positive rate. Gear up, please.
- Nice view of the Hudson. I'll never get over how beautiful it is up here. Life's easier in the air. I guess it is.
- WOMAN: It's just turbulence, probably. SHEILA: I'll check the cabin. MALE PASSENGER: What do you think's going on? It's okay. Everyone, might be a good idea just to keep your seat belts on.
- SULLY: We got one rolling back.
- We have both of them rolling back.
- Ignition start. (METAL THUDDING)
- Just double-check your seat belts, please. DONNA: Seat belt. Relax. SHEILA: Can I make sure your seatbelts are fastened? DONNA: Make sure your seat belts are fastened.
- - What do you think that was? - I think it was a bird strike. - Then we're going back to LaGuardia. - Yeah. - (ALARM BEEPING) - SULLY: Get out the QRH. Loss of thrust on both engines. Mayday, m
- What's the report? Both engines. - What? - Both engines gone. No thrust.
- ATC SUPERVISOR: All right. LaGuardia says go to runway 1-3. Tower, stop your departure. Got an emergency returning. 1549, bird strike. He lost both engines. Returning immediately. TOWER OPERATO
- We are unable. We may end up in the Hudson. (SYSTEM BEEPING RAPIDLY) I got an A320 diving for the river. Al, stack all the inbounds to LaGuardia. Let's put a hold on the tower, please. Come on,
- Shit. SULLY: This is the Captain. Brace for impact. Oh, my God. What? STEWARDESSES: Brace, brace, brace! Heads down, stay down! Brace, brace, brace! Heads down, stay down! PATRICK: Cactus 15
- Cactus 1549, radar contact lost. ATC SUPERVISOR: KC, come on over here. You also got Newark off your two o'clock in about seven miles. Don't go in the river. - KC: Sir? - Plug in.
- PATRICK: Cactus 1549, if you can, you got runway 2-9 available at Newark. It'll be two o'clock in seven miles. (SOFTLY) Come on. Please, God.
- I'm sorry, Patrick. He's inbound to Newark, I know it. He just went off the box to focus. Patty. He'll come back up. He's heading to Teterboro. We need other eyes and ears. Attention, all aircr
- PILOT: When we come up around this bend up here, we'll see the USS Intrepid. PATRICK: We got an A320 on emergency descent. Cactus 1549 is low level above the Hudson. This is helicopter 1-6-7, Mi
- Tester's gonna come down. Breathalyzer, urine samples, it's standard. His voice was so calm. When he said the Hudson, I didn't believe it. This isn't happening. People don't survive water land
- (ALARMS BEEPING RAPIDLY) AUTOMATED VOICE: Pull up. Pull up. We're gonna brace. Pull up! Pull up! Thirty. Twenty. Ten.
- (SULLY GRUNTS) I'd better go.
- I am so sorry. I love you. Yeah. I gotta go.
- BRIAN WILLIAMS: It had just taken off from New York's LaGuardia Airport, bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, and then a mid-air disaster struck US Airways Flight 1549. It's possible that birds f
- KATIE COURIC: Choosing to land on the Hudson, that was a big "if." CHARLES: Have you had any troubles at home lately? LORRIE: Why'd you do it, Sully? Land in the water? SKILES: Sully, you did ev
- SULLY: This is Tasty 1-1. Abort test bombing run. I have an emergency flight control malfunction. Two, join on me. JET PILOT: Roger that. Two joining on you. - Feels like hydraulics. - ANDREW:
- Nellis Tower, this is Tasty 1-1 with an emergency flight control malfunction. We need a straight-in approach. RESPONSE OFFICER: Roger, Tasty 1-1. Turn left 2-0-0 to runway 3. SULLY: Unable. I r
- Two, I'm decreasing speed. Clear the board for a damage check.
- JET PILOT: One, you look clean and dry, but you're still trailing smoke. SULLY: Roger that, Two. Approach runway 2-1. JET PILOT: One, I'll maintain chase and follow you in.
- SULLY: I have visual on the runway. What's our heading? ANDREW: Heading 0-2-0. Five miles out, sir. SULLY: All right. Gear in three.
- RESPONSE OFFICER: Tasty 1-1, check air speed. Looks like you're coming in hot. SULLY: Nellis Tower, I need speed to maintain control. - Avoiding a stall. - (ALARM BEEPING)
- JET PILOT: One, check your heading. You're not gonna make the runway. SULLY: I got it. I'm bringing her back.
- ANDREW: That was a hell of a landing, sir. I didn't think we were gonna make it.
- PETE: I'm gonna start charging you for this stuff, all right? - JOHNNY: Oh, get out of here. - You hear me? - Thanks, Pete. - Thanks, Pete. You got any nuts? - Hey. - Hey. Let me know if you
- (STUTTERS) Is that you? - Are you the pilot? Sully? - Yeah. - That is you, right? - Yeah. Hey, it's a pleasure to meet you. That was unreal, what you did the other day. - That was really somet
- PETE: Hey, listen. To January 15th. Best day of the year. JOHNNY: To Sully. MAN: Sully.
- JOHNNY: Hey, Pete. Sully's here, and he's there! - MAN: Damn, Pete. He's everywhere! - (BOTH LAUGHING) (CONTINUES LAUGHING) Yeah! Sully!
- PETE: You're like a real hero, man. You know that?
- Keep it coming, Paulie. I'll see you on One. PAULIE: Agreed.
- Twenty-one people onboard, Cap. Last report says there's ice out by the GW. - All right, thanks. Roger that. - All right. Twenty-one on the TJ, departing Midtown, slip Seven.
- MICHAEL: Unbelievable. I cannot believe you have the sack to say that. That's literally like giving the entire city the finger. I'll say it again. Dennis Eckersley is without question the great
- WOMAN: Now, let's turn to page seven... (DISTANT RUMBLING)
- (INFLIGHT ALARMS BEEPING) STEWARDESSES: Brace, brace, brace! Heads down, stay down! - Let me hold him. - (INFANT COOS) - Brace, brace, brace! - It's okay. Let me hold him. Okay. Heads down, st
- Evacuate. (PASSENGERS EXCLAIMING) SULLY: Evacuate. Grab your life vests, please. DONNA: Opening forward door.
- (PEOPLE SHRIEKING) MAN: It's flooding back here! Rob Kolodjay! - Dad! - Go, go, go!
- Everyone! The aft exits are unusable. Move forward to the overwing exits! And don life vests now! (INDISTINCT SHOUTING)
- Move forward. Move forward to the right or left exit door. Jeff! He's back there, can you see him? Dad!
- - DOREEN: Everyone, come forward. - Jump!
- Sir, evacuate the plane right now! Go!
- (GASPS) DONNA: Sheila, the raft didn't deploy.
- DONNA: Sir! Come back, sir! Calm down. You'll be fine. The rafts are waiting.
- (GASPS) MAN: Come on, come on, come on. Hurry up! SULLY: It's gonna be bitter out there. Here you go. Here. Gonna be bitter out there.
- DONNA: Slowly. DOREEN: You need to get off this plane now. DONNA: Feet first. Slide slowly and gently. - Plenty of room. - DOREEN: Come on, people.
- DON NA: Okay. It's good now. Jump! Jump! (GASPING)
- SHAE: Oh, my God. Is that gas? We have to jump. MAN: No, no, no, wait!
- You seeing this? Yeah. Holy Christ, that's a plane. Deploy that man overboard ladder right away. All right, I'm on it. Shit. Mayday, mayday, mayday. Coast Guard sector New York, channel 1 -6,
- ROB: Jimmy, Jeff's still on that plane! We can't leave him there! Robbie, Robbie. Robbie! Robbie! The crew will grab him, okay? - The crew will get him, okay? - He's in there! - He'll be okay. H
- If you have a life vest, put it on! DISPATCH ER: All series near the Intrepid, plane down. We got passengers on the wings. Approach with caution.
- SHEILA: Stay calm and you'll all get out.
- JIM: Move forward, move forward.
- (MAN SHIVERING) SHEILA: Put a blanket on her leg. - She needs a tourniquet. - (GROANS) You're gonna be fine, honey. Go slow. Go slowly. Blanket. Wrap this around her leg. Make it tight.
- (SHIVERS) It's so cold out here.
- VINCENT: Get those first-aid kits up to the bow and get some extra life jackets out there. PASSENGER: We're here! We're here! (INDISTINCT SHOUTING) It's all right. We're here.
- Give me a countdown, Victor. VICTOR: All right.
- Three, two... We're good. We're good. Come on, buddy.
- Hold it right there, baby. Come on. - (WOMAN WHIMPERS) - Easy. Go easy.
- We're gonna get everybody, guys.
- VINCENT: This is Yogi Berra. We're 30 seconds out. With a water temperature of 36 degrees and a wind chill of minus 5, the surviving passengers of Flight 1549 literally have minutes to live. MIC
- MAN: All right, give me your hand. If anybody's got any problems, just wait down there. We got some really good people coming on their way, all right?
- MICHAEL: You okay? I got you. You're gonna be okay. All right? Got you.
- Is anyone still here? Come forward. DONNA: Captain! Come back! Come forward!
- DONNA: We need to get off the plane now.
- Captain! Captain! We have to go! It's time to get off the plane, right now!
- SULLY: All right, you guys go. Go. I'll be right behind you.
- DONNA: Everybody's okay. Help is on the way.
- FEMALE EMT: Twenty-six passengers going to Port Imperial. MALE EMT 1: Nineteen headed to Pier 81. MALE EMT 2: We got 24 passengers onboard headed to Port Imperial. Whoever has miraculously surviv
- - My hands. - Gotta warm them up. Get him a blanket, fast. (GRUNTING)
- I was sure I was gonna die. Hey, no one dies today.
- Here you go, Captain. This way. Give us your hand, sir. Sully, wrap it around your arms.
- - Climb out now. - Give me your hand.
- KELLY: Can we get a couple more blankets over here? WOMAN: Thank you. - Thank you so much. - SULLY: You're welcome. Give him some room. You're welcome.
- Hello? SULLY: I wanted to call to say I'm okay. Oh, good. Are you still on the 5:50 home? There's been an incident. I'm okay, not a scratch somehow. Turn on the television. What do you mean "Tur
- FEMALE NEWSCASTER: An extensive rescue effort is underway after a US Airways Flight crashes into the Hudson River, - sending passengers scrambling for safety. - Oh, my God.
- (INDISTINCT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON PA)
- If you have any wet clothing on, take it off and wrap up in a blanket from the Red Cross.
- You're gonna be okay. Okay, Lucille? I'm gonna take you right to the ambulance, all right?
- ROB: Maybe he's here. Maybe he beat us somehow. There's lots of boats! Jeff!
- Dan, I need to know who's hurt and how badly, and I need a count. 155, that's my number. That's passengers and crew. Okay. How are you? I'll answer that question when we've counted 155. All rig
- Captain. I'm here to escort you to meet with Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. If the Mayor wants to say hello, he'll have to come down here. We're still working. Sully, I c
- - Jeff? - JEFF: Pop! - Oh! - I'm okay. I was on the other wing. They brought us to Jersey. I couldn't see you. I couldn't find you. I could hear you shouting my name the whole time. I shouted
- I love you, too. (LAUGHS) Can you believe we made it?
- I mean, the plane crashed - on the river! - (CHUCKLES) Are you kidding me? (LAUGHING)
- I've never been so happy to be in New York in my life.
- Hey, Patty. Supe sent me looking for you. Everyone's going nuts up top. - Aren't you coming? - I guess you didn't hear. I lost Cactus 1549 in the Hudson. Huh. I guess you haven't heard. He land
- What is my pulse rate? It's 110. My normal resting is 55. 110... That's not good. You are right. 110 is not good. After what you just went through, 110 is extraordinary. How is Doreen? Fairly
- Talked to Dan Britt, Sully. Got a count. 155.
- 155. It's official. - 155. - 155.
- (SIGHS) 155. Thank you, Arnie.
- - Hey, Carl. - CARL: Jeff. - Sully. - Carl. Hell of a thing you pulled off out there today. Well, we're here. It's about all I know at the moment. Oh, this is Ms. May, with the hotel. Wanted
- Oh, okay. Well, thank you, Evelyn. Thank you very much. - Anything for Sully. - Okay. Have a blessed day.
- What just happened? You just got hugged by a total stranger. Ah, come on, Sully. When's the last time you heard of someone landing a jet plane on the water and everybody lived?
- Exactly. I got shaving cream, razor blades, toothpaste. And new clothes. What, did you think we were ninjas? Kmart was the only store open. It's Queens. It's 10:00 in the evening. - You find a
- Sully. What are you even still doing in uniform? Ah. You know, I don't know. Look, guys. It's been a long day. Why don't you get some rest? Mike Cleary will be over in the a.m. and make sure you
- Especially with an airplane in it.
- KRISTINE: The word city officials keep repeating is "timing." The perfect timing of the NYPD scuba units and of the ferry boat captains, and of course, the inexplicably precise timing of the pilo
- Come on. Answer. Answer! Larry, the CVR is in two days. How fast can you arrange a favor? Sully? I know that Airbus has simulations scheduled for the S22 sim at the factory. But that's next wee
- If they do, then I'll hand you my wings myself. It's all about the timing, Larry. You can accomplish anything if you're never in a hurry. I sure as hell agree with that. The CVR is on Wednesday.
- Hey, Lorrie. LORRIE: Hi. I'm sorry to bother you before the hearing. Sweetheart, what happened? I realized just now, for the first time, that there were... (VOICE BREAKING) There were 155 people
- - SKILES: Good morning, Sully. - Jeff. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. My name is Charles Porter. I've been assigned by the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct this
- FEMALE PILOT 1: Birds. Number one's rolling back. And number two. - Auto pilot's off. - (ALARM BEEPS) - Pilot off. - Flight Director's off. Flight Director is off. All right. LaGuardia, Cactus
- Glide slopes coming in nicely. - Flaps two. - Flaps two.
- (ALARM BEEPS) AUTOMATED VOICE: Too low, flaps. Flight slow. Too low, flaps. Forty, 30, 20...
- Successful landing at LaGuardia, runway 1-3. For the record, the pilots and the computer sims bear the same result.
- Let's try for T eterboro now, please. Upload the second run.
- MALE PILOT 1: Birds. (ALARMS BEEPING)
- FEMALE PILOT 2: Give me a heading 3-1-0. MALE PILOT 1: Heading 3-1-0.
- I'm gonna give you direct to Teterboro. FEMALE PILOT 2: Direct Teterboro.
- AUTOMATED VOICE: One thousand. Flaps two. MALE PILOT 1: Flaps two.
- - (BEEPING) - AUTOMATED VOICE: Too low, terrain. Too low, terrain. Too low, terrain.
- FEMALE PILOT: Successful landing at Teterboro, runway 1-9.
- BEN: Multiple airports, runways, two successful landings. We are simply mimicking what the computer already told us. A lot of toes were stepped on in order to set this up for today.
- And frankly, I really don't know what you gentlemen plan to gain by it. Can we get serious now?
- You are looking for human error. Then make it human.
- This wasn't a video game. It was life and death. Sully's right. That's worth a few seconds. Please ask how many practice runs they had. (CLEARS THROAT) Seventeen. (CROWD MURMURS) (SIGHS)
- The pilot who landed at Teterboro had 17 practice attempts before the simulation we just witnessed.
- Your reaction decision time will be set at 35 seconds.
- Thirty-five seconds. That's not enough time. We only had 208 seconds total, so I'll take it. BEN: Upload the link. Return to LaGuardia. Now with an added 35-second delay in response time.
- FEMALE PILOT 1: Birds. MALE PILOT 2: Okay, I saw them. - Give me 35 seconds. - FEMALE PILOT 1: Thirty-five seconds.
- Time's up. Here we go. Flight path vector.
- Going for 1 -3. Okay. MALE PILOT 2: Activate confirm. FEMALE PILOT 1: All right. You are confirmed.
- MALE PILOT 2: We're heading right for the airport.
- AUTOMATED VOICE: Caution, obstacle. Caution, obstacle. FEMALE PILOT 1: We're about seven miles from the runway.
- AUTOMATED VOICE: Caution, obstacle. - (RAPID BEEPING) - Terrain, terrain. - (ALARM BEEPING) - Pull up. Pull up. Pull up.
- Pull up. Too low, terrain. FEMALE PILOT 1: We got a little extra speed. You want some flaps? AUTOMATED VOICE: Too low, terrain. MALE PILOT 2: No, leave the flaps up.
- AUTOMATED VOICE: Too low, terrain. Too low, terrain. Too low, terrain. Fifty, 40, 30, 20... (CRASH ING)
- MALE PILOT 1: Birds. FEMALE PILOT 2: Auto pilot off. Flight Director off. Hack the time. - Thirty-five seconds. - MALE PILOT 1:Thirty-five seconds. MALE PILOT 1: Engine one and two fail.
- FEMALE PILOT 2: Let's see if we can make it.
- MALE PILOT 1: Heading sub 2-9-8. You seeing Teterboro out there? FEMALE PILOT 2: I do.
- AUTOMATED VOICE: Obstacle, obstacle. - (ALARM BLARING) - Pull up. Pull up. Pull up.
- Pull up. Pull up. FEMALE PILOT 2: Not gonna work, not gonna work. AUTOMATED VOICE: Pull up. Pull up. - (CRASHING) - Pull up.
- Does anyone need to see more simulations?
- Now that we've seen what could have happened, can we, uh, listen to what actually did? We will look at all the results at a later date.
- Elizabeth. For the record, this is the CVR of US Airways Flight 1549, January 15th, 2009. Gentlemen, headsets.
- - (ENGINES SHUTTING DOWN) - Shit. Oh, yeah. We got one rolling back.
- Ignition start. (LOW RUMBLING)
- - My aircraft. - Your aircraft. SULLY: Get out the QRH. AUTOMATED VOICE: Priority left. Loss of thrust on both engines. Mayday, mayday, mayday. This is Cactus 1549. Hit birds. We've lost thrus
- "If fuel remaining, engine mode, select your ignition." - Ignition. - Ignition. - Thrust levers, confirm idle. - Idle. Airspeed. Optimum relight, 300 knots. - We don't have that. - No, we don'
- PATRICK: Cactus 1549, if we can get it for you, do you wanna try to land runway 1-3?
- We are unable. We may end up in the Hudson. Emergency electrical power, emergency generator not online. SULLY: Online. ATC notified. Squawk 7700. Distress message transmit. We did that. PATRICK
- Been 10 seconds, Captain. Come on. Talk to me. Cactus 1549, runway 4's available if you wanna make left traffic to runway 4. I don't think we can make any runway. Uh, what about over to our righ
- Cactus 1549, you wanna - try and go to Teterboro? - (ALARM BEEPING) AUTOMATED VOICE: Obstacle. Obstacle.
- Pull up. Clear of conflict. "No relight after 30 seconds, engine master one and two, confirm off." Off. "Wait 30 seconds." AUTOMATED VOICE: Too low, terrain. Too low, terrain. Too low, terrain
- This is the captain. Brace for impact.
- AUTOMATED VOICE: Five hundred.
- PATRICK: Cactus 1549, turn right 2-8-0. You can land runway one Teterboro. We can't make it. Okay. Which runway would you like at Teterboro? Go ahead. Try number one. SKILES: Number one. No rel
- All right, let's put the flaps out. Put the flaps out. Flaps out. PATRICK: Cactus 1549, radar contact lost. You also got Newark off your two o'clock in about seven miles. - SKILES: Got flaps out
- 170 knots. Got no power on either one. Try the other one. Try the other one. PATRICK: 1549? Still up? SKILES: One hundred and fifty knots. - Got flaps two. You want more? - No. Let's stay at two
- We're gonna brace. AUTOMATED VOICE: Pull up. Thirty...
- I need to take a quick break.
- What did you think? Hearing the CVR just now?
- Let me tell you what I think.
- And you, you were right there, through all that distraction. With so much at stake.
- We did this together. We were a team.
- Thanks, Sully. - We did our job. - We did our job.
- (INDISTINCT CHATTER) (DOOR CLOSES)
- Hey, you did good. All right, folks. I'd like to call this hearing back to order. If we could settle, please.
- That is honestly the first time that I have listened to a crash recording
- while actually sitting with the captain and the first officer.
- That was no simulation. No, it wasn't. Gentlemen, I want to inform you that the left engine has been recovered. We just received a comprehensive report.
- There was extensive damage to both the guide vanes and fan blades of the engine. Five compressor blades were fractured and eight variable guide vanes missing. So, no thrust? As you testified, i
- I'd like to add something on a personal note. I can say with absolute confidence that after speaking with the rest of the flight crew, with bird experts, aviation engineers, after running throug
- It wasn't just me. It was all of us. It was Jeff and Donna and Sheila and Doreen and all of the passengers, the rescue workers, air traffic control, ferry boat crews and the scuba cops.
- First Officer Skiles, is there anything you'd like to add? Anything you would have done differently if you had to do it again? Yes. I would have done it in July. (ALL LAUGHING)
- MAN: 7F. 11F. WOMAN: 9D. 1 C. - 25B. - 26B. - 10B. - 9A. - 13C. - 21A and B. CHESLEY SULLENBERGER: 155 is a number, but when you can put faces to it and not just 155 faces, but the other f
- I think today was as much and as good for me and my crew as it was for you. And because of the events of January 15, 2009, I'm convinced that we will be joined in our hearts and in our minds fore
- I am the keeper of the mail. So I read when people from across the country write to us. And I open the letters that come to our house from your families. And I open the Christmas cards. So, than
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger - Tom Hanks
Jeff Skiles - Aaron Eckhart
Diane Higgins - Valerie Mahaffey
Lucille Palmer - Delphi Harrington
Charles Porter - Mike O'Malley
Ben Edwards - Jamey Sheridan
Elizabeth Davis - Anna Gunn
Mike Cleary - Holt McCallany
Egyptian Driver - Ahmed Lucan
Lorrie Sullenberger - Laura Linney
Reporter #1 (as Laura Lundy Wheale) - Laura Lundy
Reporter #2 (as Onira Tarés) - Onira Tares
Reporter #3 - Gary Weeks
Katie Couric - Katie Couric
LT Cook - Jeff Kober
Sully (16 Years Old) - Blake Jones
Alison - Molly Bernard
Larry Rooney - Chris Bauer
Sheila Dail - Jane Gabbert
Donna Dent - Ann Cusack
Doreen Welsh - Molly Hagan
Gursimran - Purva Bedi
Jimmy Stefanik - Max Adler
Jeff Kolodjay - Sam Huntington
Rob Kolodjay - Christopher Curry
Emily - Gate Attendant - Ashley Austin Morris
Jim Whitaker - Cooper Thornton
Passenger with Baby - Autumn Reeser
Barry Leonard - Jeffrey Nordling
Patrick Harten - Patch Darragh
ATC Supervisor (as Rob Treveiler) - Robert C. Treveiler
Male Pilot - Billy Richards
French Woman - Aida Manassy
French Man - Pascal Yen-Pfister
Shae Childers - Marcia DeBonis
GIB - Andrew Carrigan - Noel Fisher
Johnny - Drunk Customer - Adam Boyer
Drunk Customer #2 - Wilbur Fitzgerald
Bartender - Pete - Michael Rapaport
Captain Vincent Peter Lombardi (as Captain Vincent Peter Lombardi) - Vincent Lombardi
Victor Gaggero - Jeremy Luke
Robert Rodriguez - Bernardo Badillo
Michael Delaney - Jerry Ferrara
Russian Woman (as Victoria Kharchenko) - Viktoria Khartchenko
Randall Pinkston - Randall Pinkston
Carlo Alfonso - Graham Sibley
Franco Santini - Grant Roberts
Brian Kelly - Wayne Bastrup
Bobby Cuza - Bobby Cuza
Dan Britt - Billy Smith
Police Captain - Martin Barabas
ATC #1 - E. Roger Mitchell
St. Luke's Doctor - Robert Pralgo
Arnie Gentile (as Clayton Landry Landey) - Clayton Landey
Evelyn May (as Tracee Chimo) - Tracee Chimo Pallero
Carl Clarke - Brett Rice
Kristine Johnson - Kristine Johnson
Pilot Flight #1 (as Captain Larry Guthrie) - Larry Guthrie
Co-Pilot - Flight #1 (as Captain Lucy Young) - Lucy Young
Pilot - Flight #3 (as Captain Lori Cline) - Lori Cline
Co-Pilot #3 (as First Officer Jon Witten) - Jon Witten
Rescued Passenger - Shane P. Allen
Passenger 19B - Scott Alan Berk
NTSB Expert - Larry Blanks
FDNY / EMT - Roger Brenner
Passenger 20D - Lisa Brown
DOT Representative - Aric Bunch
Union Pilot - Kris Bunch
Plane Passenger - Phil Cappadora
Reporter - Christine J. Carlson
Pauline Sullenberger - Leslie Castay
Ferry Passenger - Karan Choudhary
ESU - Marc Chouen
Airport patron - Sonia Conlin
Camera - Guy - Jameson Jamey Copeland
Passenger 14C - Jessica Corbett
Passenger 4E - Vicki Damante
Airport Girl - Venus Dana
FDNY Paramedic - Michael-Scott Druckenmiller
Pilot - Payson Durant
Reporter - Mark Falvo
Passenger 19F - D. Paul Faulkner
Passenger 25F - Cathy Fielding
Passenger 13F - Noelle Angelica Fink
Pedestrian - Christopher G Gates
NTSB Hearing Member - Tahseen Ghauri
Wildlife Factor - Melissa Kay Glaze
Passenger 22C - Steve Goffner
EMT 1 - Takako Haywood
Chris Cobb - Jedediah Jenk
Rescued Passenger - Michael D. Joseph
NTSB Hearing Member - Jay D. Kacho
Reporter - Inder Kumar
News Photographer - Michael Layman
Reporter - Kamron Leal
Police Officer - Scott Ledbetter
Kate Sullenberger - Taylor Lee
NYC Police Officer - Lynn Marocola
Passenger 12B - Doris McCarthy
Federal Aviation Administration Rep - Lindsey McCollough
Passenger 1D - Kevin Edward McGinn
Sofia Sosa - Scarlett Mellinger
Sofia Sosa - Sierra Mellinger
Passenger with Lifejacket - Frank Mercuri
Airline Mechanic - Gary Miller
Passenger Fl 1549 - Kelly L. Moran
NYPD Helicopter Pilot - Michael Peavey
Airbus Representative - Clay Pool
Passenger 20A - David Philip Reed
EMT - Shaun Rey
Nosy Neighbor - Patti Schellhaas
NYPD Officer - Denise Scilabra
FDNY Medic - Daniel Patrick Shook
Airport Traveler - Nancy Ellen Shore
Reporter - Megan Monaghan Smith
Passenger 12A - Patty Tobin
Federal Aviation Administration Rep - Miguel J. Torres
TV Reporter - Brad Trettien
Airline Passenger - Brandon Van Vliet
Passenger 14F - Mark White
EMT - Justin Michael Woods