From that platform he can say what many others who don’t have his good looks or American hero status have been saying, and he can make these points to the very people who have recently been given a somewhat mangled version of what happened on Air France Flight 447.
What Sullenberger brings to the discourse is the plea to hold-your-horses, because what-the-hell-does-pilot error mean in a situation like this? The pilot isn’t alone in the conduct of a flight. The pilot is part of a system.
In the case of Air France 447, “all of a sudden everything starts going wrong; The surprise, its discombobulating. They can’t process it, it doesn’t map against what was happening four seconds ago.”