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- Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Todd Komarnicki, based on Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.
The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson (taglines)
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
- Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.
- This is the captain. Brace for impact.
- [Looks at the co-pilot 10 seconds before ditching] Any ideas?
- No one warned us. No one said, "You are going to lose both engines at a lower altitude than any jet in history. But be cool, just make a left turn for LaGuardia, like you are going back to pick up the milk." This was dual engine loss at twenty-eight hundred feet, followed by immediate water landing with one hundred fifty-five souls on board. No one has ever trained for an incident like that. No one.
- [Sullenberger and Skiles are taking about Del Frisco's steak house.]
- Jeff Skiles: The ribeye will break your heart.
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: I'm more of a Porterhouse Man.
- Jeff Skiles: Porterhouse will stop your heart.
- [Skiles is on the phone in his Hotel room talking to Sullenberger on the other line. He (Skiles) is eating a Snickers from the hotel mini-bar and looks at it.]
- Jeff Skiles: Can you believe they charge $5 for a snickers? I could bankrupt the airline in about four bites.
- Lorraine Sullenberger: [almost bursting into tears] Oh my God
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: What?
- Lorraine Sullenberger: I just realized there were a hundred and fifty-five people on that plane and you were one of them.
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: It was not a crash, it was a forced water landing.
- Ben Edwards: Why didn't you attempt to return to LaGuardia?
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: There simply was not enough altitude.
- Jeff Skiles: You've got to be kidding me. We've been through all this before.
- Charles Porter: Look, I'm sorry if you're frustrated, but our job is to investigate how a plane ended up in the Hudson River.
- Jeff Skiles: On the Hudson River.
- Dr. Elizabeth Davis: [At the NTSB investigation proceedings] First Officer Skiles, is there anything you would have done differently?
- Jeff Skiles: Yes. [pause] I would've done it in July.
- [After the LaGuardia & Teterboro Landing simulations have played at the NTSB investigation proceedings]
- Ben Edwards: Multiple airports, runways, two successful landings. We are simply mimicking what the computer already told us.
- Charles Porter: 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.
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: Can we get serious now?
- Charles Porter: [caught off guard by his directness] Captain?
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: We've all heard about the computer simulations, and now we are watching actual sims. But I can't quite believe you have still not taken into account the human factor.
- Charles Porter: Human piloted simulations showed you could make it back to the airport.
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: No, they don't. These pilots were not behaving like human beings, like people who are experiencing this for the first time.
- Charles Porter: Well they may not be reacting like you did.
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: Immediately after the bird strike, they are turning back for the airport, just as in the computer sims, correct?
- Charles Porter: That is correct.
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: They obviously knew the turn, and exactly what heading to fly. They did not run a check. They did not switch on the APU.
- Charles Porter: They had all the same parameters that you faced.
- Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger: No one warned us. No one said "You are going to lose both engines at a lower altitude than any jet in history. But be cool. Just make a left turn for LaGuardia, like you're going back to pick up the milk." This was dual engine loss at 2,800 feet, followed by an immediate water landing, with 155 souls on board. No one has ever trained for an incident like that. No one. Now, the Teterboro landing, with its unrealistic bank angle - we were not the Thunderbirds up there. I'd like to know how many times the pilot practiced that maneuver before he actually pulled it off? I'm not questioning the pilots. They're good pilots. But they've clearly been instructed to head for the airport immediately after the bird strike. You've allowed no time for analysis or decision-making. In these simulations, you've taken all of the humanity out of the cockpit. How much time did the pilots spend planning for this event? For these simulations? You are looking for human error. Then make it human.
- The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson.
- Tom Hanks — Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
- Aaron Eckhart — Jeff Skiles
- Laura Linney — Lorraine Sullenberger
- Anna Gunn — Dr. Elizabeth Davis
- Autumn Reeser — Tess Soza
- Ann Cusack — Donna Dent
- Holt McCallany — Mike Cleary
- Mike O'Malley — Charles Porter
- Jamey Sheridan — Ben Edwards
- Jerry Ferrara — Michael Delaney
- Molly Hagan — Doreen Welsh
- Max Adler — Jimmy Stefanik
- Sam Huntington — Jeff Kolodjay
- Wayne Bastrup — Brian Kelly
- Valerie Mahaffey — Diane Higgins
- Jeff Kober — L. T. Cook
- Katie Couric — herself
- Michael Rapaport — Pete the Bartender
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