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Clint Eastwood directing film on Charlotte ‘Miracle’ flight

Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, stands in front of the US Airways flight 1549 fuselage at the Carolinas Aviation Museum Saturday. He and other crew members met with passengers to recall their memorable water landing in the Hudson River and to celebrate the plane's arrival at the museum.
Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, stands in front of the US Airways flight 1549 fuselage at the Carolinas Aviation Museum Saturday. He and other crew members met with passengers to recall their memorable water landing in the Hudson River and to celebrate the plane's arrival at the museum. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Clint Eastwood, fresh off his biggest financial success with “American Sniper,” is reportedly going to direct a film based on the life of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who is known for saving the lives of 155 passengers and crew in January 2009 when he landed a disabled Charlotte-bound jet in the Hudson River.

US Airways Flight 1549 lost both engines when it flew into a flock of Canada geese after taking off from LaGuardia Airport and Sullenburger was able to coax the 50-ton jetliner onto the Hudson River near the ferry docks, and all aboard were rescued.

Since 2011, the Airbus A320 has been a centerpiece attraction at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, off Billy Graham Boulevard in Charlotte.

The Wrap reports Eastwood’s still untitled-film, to be released by Warner Brothers, will be based on the book “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film will include much of the behind-the-scenes drama that unfolded after the Hudson River landing, now known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.”

“I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood,” Sullenberger is quoted as telling The Wrap. “The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team.”

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