Factual Specials

Miracle of the Hudson Plane Crash

On Thursday 15th January 2009, 155 people on board US Airways flight 1549 faced their worst nightmare.

Just two minutes into the flight, a flock of birds struck the plane, taking out both engines. With no power, Captain Chesley Sullenberger decides he has only one realistic option: to guide his crippled plane away from crowded Manhattan and attempt the near impossible – to land in the Hudson River.

This is a fast turnaround documentary that tells the minute by minute story of that day through the compelling first hand testimonies of those who were there – from the crew, passengers, eyewitnesses.

The film also forensically unpacks how the plane managed to land so successfully on water. An airline flight simulator, CGI, and an experienced airline pilot help to recreate the fateful flight and explore how Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger managed to execute a textbook ditching and avert a catastrophe in the middle of New York City.

Broadcaster:Channel 4, Discovery Channel
Genre:Factual Specials
Format:1 x 60 min
Production year:2009
Executive Producer:Tom Brisley, Alie Turner
Produced by:Charlotte Surtees
Directed by:Marc Tiley