Charlotte-based pilot helps 'Sully' get real

The story of a pilot that made an incredible crash landing on the Hudson River has been made into a movie. NBC Charlotte caught up with an official who assisted in the investigation of the crash and then the movie.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- American Airlines Captain Lori Cline first saw the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ like most of us- on television. Images of an icy river with a US Airways jet, people standing on the wings and floating in the water. Soon the US Airways pilot trainer was on a plane herself to New York to investigate the pilot named ‘Sully’ and if he had made the right call.

“What’s so unique about this story, from start to finish it is the story of heroes," said Cline a Charlotte-based pilot. “I think he only had one clear choice which was that watery runway beneath him.”

Fast forward to a Clint Eastwood movie starring Tom Hanks reliving the flight of 1549.

Cline was asked to help the movie’s creators ‘get the details right.’ A real-life simulator inside Charlotte-Douglass was used in filming.

Cline, herself even has a small role in the film.

“It is kind of unique having been involved in the investigation and then full circle being asked to be a part of the filming.”

Cline says Director Eastwood had a simple goal: “Are we doing it exactly the way you did it? Because he’s very true to form and wanted it to be as realistic as possible. It’s easy to watch from a pilot’s standpoint and see that everything’s very realistic.”

‘Sully’ is playing in Carolina theaters now. 


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