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Miracle Landing on the Hudson

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Almost four years on, passengers and crew who survived the Hudson plane crash still struggle to rationalise what happened. There are those who, like Pam Seagle, resolutely believe they had a premonition of what would happen on 15 January 2009. Then there is First Officer Jeff Skiles, who witnessed first-hand Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s remarkable lucidity, a speed of thought that would eventually save all 155 people on board.

Next to these painful recollections, the shiny dramatic reconstruction itself feels almost gratuitous. There’s no need to plaster this human drama with a horror film sensibility: all you have to do is imagine what it must feel like to hear the announcement, “This is the captain. Brace for impact.”

Summary

Documentary charting how US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to land on New York's Hudson River in 2009 when a flock of geese flew into both of the plane's engines. The impact of the landing ripped a hole in the bottom of the aircraft, and water began to rise in the cabin. Includes interviews with passengers, who reflect on the heroism of the pilot, and the efforts of local boat owners to rescue them from the icy waters.

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