Have you ever followed your instincts to do something you thought was right, only to be questioned later about your choices and started to doubt yourself?
On January 15th, 2009 Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), his First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) and a crew of three, took off with 150 passengers on United Airways Flight 1549 from New York’s LaGuardia airport headed for Charlotte. Within minutes of take-off on a cold but clear afternoon, their plane was hit by a flock of birds as they flew over the Manhattan skyline.
While you may be feeling a little sorry for the birds being unfortunately sucked into the jet’s engines, the damage caused both engines to fail and the jet to lose altitude very quickly. Alerting air traffic control immediately of the incident, Sully was advised to return to LaGuardia or to head towards nearby Teterboro Airport.
There was no time to do any calculations. Sully used his forty years of flying experience and quickly assessed his surroundings – they were flying over the Hudson River on a straight stretch of waterway – and told air traffic control he was going to land on the Hudson. No passenger ever wants to actually hear the captain or flight crew utter the words “Brace for impact!” but those words came repeatedly as terrified passengers clutch to their seatbelts. Continue reading