The 65-year-old corporate partner works in the Baltimore office, and teaches at Cornell and Northwestern.
From the interview:
TAL: When did you realize on that flight that things had gone horribly wrong?
Hanks: About 90 seconds after takeoff there was this kind of small explosion or loud crack or snap — it seemed like a single sound — and then some smoke began to come into the aircraft.
TAL: I’d imagine that was a bit disconcerting.
Hanks: Right. That caused me to turn on the air above my seat. [The smoke] dissipated but more worrisome was the fact that there was no sound at all, which I knew meant that the engines had shut down.