Hero pilot Capt. Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger became so celebrated for his Airbus A320 emergency landing on the Hudson River because his actions prevented another 9/11, according to Tom Hanks.Read More: Xposé.ie
The Oscar winner plays Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood's new movie Sully, and got the chance to meet the captain as he researched the role.
The pilot became an overnight cultural icon when he successfully guided US Airways Flight 1549 to a safe emergency water landing on the Hudson River in 2009 after both its engines had been disabled by a flock of Canada geese, and Hanks believes Sully became such a hero because of what didn't happen.
He tells WENN, "We had gone through the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and the last thing the world needed to see, and the last thing New York City wanted to experience was a bunch of dead people against the skyline of New York City.
"They did not need to see more wreckage, more flames on the water; they did not want to experience a moment where guess what, everything fell apart one more time. But the opposite happened!