'Sullied' Reputation: Federal Investigators Say 'Sully' Filmmakers Portrayed Them Unfairly
Federal investigators who questioned Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger the day after the "Miracle on the Hudson" say the forthcoming movie about the hero pilot unfairly portrays them.
The Clint Eastwood-helmed Sully will open in theaters Friday and is the true story of the hero pilot who splash-landed his stricken airliner on the Hudson River after a bird strike shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport in January 2009.
Starring Tom Hanks as the real-life pilot, the film was a hit at both the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
The movie shows Sully being grilled and his judgment questioned following the dramatic landing.
Malcolm Brenner was a National Transportation Safety Board official who grilled Sully.
“It does bother me,” he told Inside Edition.
He claims the NTSB never second guessed the captain, saying: “He decided that here you have the river, it is unobstructed, there is a chance of surviving, he can save his passengers by going down there and no one in the room questioned that decision.”
Eastwood spoke about the government's alleged treatment of the pilot.
In a publicity video for the film, the Academy Award-winning director said: “Until I read the script, I didn't know the investigative board was trying to paint the picture that he had done the wrong thing. They were kind of railroading him into 'it was his fault.’”
Brenner says no one doubted Sully's courage that day. He calls Sully a hero, adding: “He has an integrity. I was impressed then and I’m impressed now.”