Heroic “Sully” soars above factual flaws

By Tom Siebert

As a young newspaper reporter, I covered the National Transportation Safety Board hearings into the worst single-airliner disaster in U.S. history, when 273 passengers died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in May 1979. So I know that the highly professional NTSB were not the villains who were portrayed in “Sully,” the otherwise truthful movie about Capt. Chesley Sullenberger’s heroic emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River that saved “155 souls on board” US Airways Flight 1459 in January 2009. As always, director Clint Eastwood films in you-are-there realism. And Tom Hanks, who plays Sully, should win the Best Actor award for every movie that he stars in.

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About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.
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