Factual error: Scenes of the CGI Airbus A320 do not show the RAT (Ram Air Turbine) deployed. When the A320 loses power in both engines, the RAT automatically deploys to provide minimal electrical power to the plane. (01:20:05)
Continuity mistake: When they are evacuating passengers onto the ferry boat, a crew member puts his hat on a passenger in a white shirt. In the next shot and when he says that he is cold he is not wearing a hat. In the very next shot the hat is back on.
Continuity mistake: When Captain Sullenberger is wading through the water towards to aft galley, you can see his pants soaked and the lower half of his short wet. When he returns to the cockpit to collect his jacket and clipboard, his clothes are dry. In all following scenes of the rescue, his clothes are dry.
Factual error: During the hearing where Sully and Skilles are listening to the recording of their conversations, we are given a flashback of the actual event. As the US Airways jet is taking off LaGuardia, we are briefly given a shot of the NYC skyline, with One World Trade Center appearing fully complete. One World Trade Center did not appear fully complete like this until mid-2013, and in 2009 (during the events of the film) construction on it had barely reached street level. (01:18:50)
Continuity mistake: During passenger boarding the screen (Flight Attendant Panel), located above the forward flight attendant seats is a newer touchscreen one, but when flight attendants are doing safety demo, it changes to the older LED push button type.
Factual error: The NTSB was portrayed horribly in this movie. They investigate purely on facts, not going on witch hunts like this movie implies. In the movie they tried to "second guess" and "blame the pilot." This never happens in real life.
Factual error: In a scene, when the airplane passes the Manhattan skyline, you may well see in the middle of the skyline the "432 Park Avenue Building" built between 2013-2015, but the movie is set in 2009. (00:45:20)
Factual error: The movie showed the FAA HQ building. Then the next shot showed the NTSB Public Hearing Room. The NTSB is actually located around the corner in DC from the FAA. They are not in the same building.
Factual error: The cockpit voice recording is highly sensitive in nature. It would never be played in front of hundreds of people like in the movie.
Factual error: When the A320 taxies out from LaGuardia there is a Continental airlines jet with scimitar winglets. These were not on commercial aircraft in 2009.
Other mistake: When the movie flashes back to the plane taking off from LaGuardia, the attitude indicator (artificial horizon) shows level flight. After the landing gear is raised, it correctly shows the plane in a climb.
Continuity mistake: A girl in blue jumper is on the right of the passenger with golf hat. Next scene she is on the left of the passenger and his elderly father on a cell phone. (00:50:09)