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Watch the First “Sully” Trailer Now: Tom Hanks Lands Plane in the Hudson River


Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks on the set of “Sully”; Steve Sands/GC Images(NEW YORK) — We’ve got our first trailer for Sully.  Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009 after losing both engines, an emergency landing that came to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

In the clip, we see Sully dealing with the aftermath of the landing, especially the investigation into whether or not it was necessary.  There’s also plenty of cockpit action with co-star Aaron Eckhart, who plays First Officer Jeffrey Skiles.

In an interview with People Wednesday, Eckhart said he and Hanks practiced the landing on a flight simulator. “We had the transcripts and the radio conversation between Sully and the tower, to hear how calm he was and how precise. It was great filming those scenes and everybody getting out on the wing and seeing Tom take charge,” Eckhart says.  “It was a blast.”

For the movie, director Clint Eastwood had an Airbus A320 disassembled and reassembled in a pool on a movie set. “I’ve been making movies for a long time, but whenever you see a complete plane in a pool right there — it blew us away, everybody was very impressed with that,” Eckhart tells People.

Sully is due in theaters September 9.

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