Real-life investigators object to portrayal in ‘Sully’ movie

Chesley B. Sullenberger III, pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which crashed in Hudson River, holds the key to the city he received from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York, on texture, partial graphic

WASHINGTON (AP) – Accident investigators say they object to their portrayal in a new movie based on the “Miracle on the Hudson” river ditching of an airliner seven years ago.

The investigators say the movie “Sully,” makes them look like prosecutors are

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
FILE – In this Jan. 10. 2011 file photo, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger captain of the US Airways flight #5149 that landed in New York’s Hudson River in 2009, poses in his office at his home in Danville, Calif. Clint Eastwood will follow up his box-office sensation “American Sniper” with a biopic of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Warner Bros. announced Tuesday, June 2, 2015, that Eastwood will direct and produce the as-yet-untitled drama as his next film. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

out to blame the plane’s captain, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, despite the pilot’s heroism. “Sully” is portrayed by Tom Hanks.

The US Airways’ plane lost thrust in both engines not long after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York, but Sullenberger still managed to land the airliner with 150 people on board in the river without losing a single life.

The man who led the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, Robert Benzon, says he’s concerned that people who see the movie will be reluctant to cooperate with the board in the future.

“We’re not the KGB. We’re not the Gestapo,” said Robert Benzon, who led the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation. “We’re the guys with the white hats on.”

The film is scheduled to be releases in theaters on Friday.

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