Hero Pilot Documentary Headed for Cable in Late '09

Film to air in late 2009
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2009 11:02 AM CDT
US Airways Flight 1549 Capt. Chesley Sullenberger testifies on Capitol Hill, Feb. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Cable channel TLC has obtained exclusive rights to make a documentary on the story of Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully saved US Airways Flight 1549 with a daring water landing in January. The documentary will feature extensive interviews with Sullenberger discussing both his specific actions to save the plane and the approach to piloting that prepared him for the maneuver, Variety reports.

“I think this is a story that’s going to stay around a while,” said producer Daniel Birman. “Let’s not forget we’re talking about a great story, an optimistic story, at a time when there’s not a lot of good news going around.” The film will air in late 2009. (Read more documentary stories.)