Double Entry Notes Essay Example

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Works Cited Entry

Eastwood, Clint, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, and Delphi Harrington. Sully. , 2016.

Smith, Nigel. «Sully Review: Clint Eastwood And Tom Hanks Turn A Mile-High Miracle Into Middling Drama». the Guardian. N.p., 2016. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

«Sully (2016)». IMDb. N.p., 2016. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.


What it says

What I think

Criterion #1


“I’m going to be judged by 208 seconds”

Chesley Sullenberg who has had 40 years as a pilot is forced to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River when his plane hit a flock of geese (Sully n.p.). Despite having a good reputation that extended over the years, now how the public will judge, him depends on how he handled the incidence. Even in real life, many people have been forced to resign from their careers because of the decisions they made to rectify a challenging situation or prevent their companies from sinking. In Sullenberg case, he had guided the plane onto the Hudson River, which saved the lives of 155 people on board. However, the investigation that followed threatened to destroy his career and reputation.

“No one warned us. No one said you are going to lose two engines at a lower altitude than any jet in history. This was dual engine loss at 2,800 feet followed by an immediate water landing with 155 souls on board. No one has ever trained for an incident like that”

In this quote, Captain Sullenberg argues that the situation he found himself in while flying at 2,800 feet above the sea level was unique and unexpected (Eastwood et, al.). Thus, he had to rely on his thinking to land the plane safely in the Hudson River. He says that no one warned them that they were going to lose two engines To me, I fully agree with Captain Sullenberg, no amount of training can prepare a person for some situations and it requires one to rely on his or her own thinking to save the situation. Most of the people who have watched this may support Captain Sullenberg, as they sometimes find themselves not prepared enough to tackle real-life situations.

Criterion #2


“Our job is to investigate”

After, the incident, members of NTSB who are in charge of transport security began investigating what how the plane landed on the Hudson River and the causes. According to them, Captain Sullenberg made the wrong decision to force land the plane on the river and not head back to the airport. Charles Porter argues that simulation showed that the pilot could steer it back to the airport safely while the latter feels that it was not possible. To me, the pilot had two options of saving passengers life that were heading back to the airport and landing the plane on the Hudson river and he made the best decision. The NTSB, are basing their judgment on the simulation of a similar event, which may not represent the reality. Instead of thanking Captain Sullenberg for doing all he could to save the passengers lives, they go on castigating him for his decision of landing the plane on water yet it was the best option that he had.

“ I did the best I could”

Indeed, Captain Sullenberg did all the best he could. He had the choice of returning the plane back to the airport but it was not possible as two engines had ceased function and thus had to force land it on the Hudson River. Thankfully, it turned out to be the best option as none of the passengers was injured or lost his life during the process.

Criterion #3


“Am overwhelmed by all this attention”

After successfully landing the plane on water and all passengers were safe, Captain Sullenberg was bombarded by media attention. Not used to being on the spotlight, he quickly became overwhelmed. Indeed, after performing such a heroic act, it is expected that one would attract media attention. However, not all people are used to getting such kinds of attention and they would feel overwhelmed, as journalists tend to camp outside newsmakers home, offices and follow them wherever they go. Some journalist may go as far as digging the history of the person under the spotlight, trespass into their homes, which would definitely make any person uncomfortable.

“When was your last drink?”

From the quote, it is clear that Captain Sullenberg personal life may have one way or another contributed to the plane accident even though he made sure that all the passengers landed safely. The National Transport Security Board (NTSB) puts the blame surely on Captain Sullenberg for risking the lives of everyone on board. Charles Porter an official at NTSB goes ahead to ask Captain Sullenberg if he has problems at home or and when he had his last drink. Nonetheless, it is common for most homes to have one or two misunderstandings occasionally and trying to tie the accident on family problems may not be wise not unless the problem was significant enough.


“What if I did this wrong”

While reflecting on all that had transpired, Captain Sullenberg questions his decision to land the plane on the river Hudson and feels that he had endangered the lives of all the passengers. However, First Officer Jeffrey Skies feels that he made the right decision. Indeed, most people who have watched this movie would agree that the pilot was in a dilemma and had to think fast on the best way possible to save the passengers. Clearly, Captain Sullenberg could not return the plane to airport as two engines had stopped functioning.