January debut for “Brace for Impact”


TLC announced that the highly anticipated documentary film “Brace for Impact” will make its television debut on January 10th, five days before the first anniversary of the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River.

Harrison Ford narrates the story of the dramatic landing by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, after bird hits knocked out both engines shortly after takeoff. Miraculously, all passengers and crew survived as boats raced out to pluck the 155 people off the slowly sinking aircraft.

Brace for Impact will premiere January 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on TLC. Produced by Daniel H. Birman Productions Inc., the documentary features interviews with Sullenberger, passengers, air traffic controllers and first responders who assisted the landing. Stunning graphics, combined with compelling first- person accounts, create a 360-degree perspective of that fateful event, which gripped global attention the afternoon of January 15, 2009.

“I’m honored and gratified by the attention I’ve received as a result of this event. On January 15, we had a remarkably good day, and I’m proud that my crew and I were up to the task,” said Sullenberger. “I am sure that this documentary will convey the ongoing power of this story and its ability to touch and inspire people around the world,” he added.

Giving the audience an insider’s view to the path he took that day, Sullenberger will be reunited with the actual plane he landed, and will – for the first time – fly the actual route of 1549 and explain what happened and how he needed to make extreme choices while navigating a crippled aircraft over Manhattan.

“Brace for Impact not only celebrates Sully, but honors everyone involved in making this event, and its positive outcome, so unforgettable. With the aid of personal stories and amazing CGI, viewers will be taken through the entire, incredible journey,” said Eileen O’Neill, President & GM, TLC.

The one-hour documentary Brace for Impact airs in high definition and is produced for TLC by Daniel H. Birman Productions Inc and executive produced by Daniel Birman.