"Remarkable" is right
I was at a friend's house yesterday evening when he turned on the television and I heard the ominous words, "An Air France flight with 309 people aboard crashed..." and my whole body immediately braced, expecting bad bad news.
But the news wasn't very bad at all. As this AP article rightly states, it was remarkable. And so I'm remarking on it. A series of terrible calamities hit this airplane, and somehow there were only a few minor injuries.
A bit less remarkable--but remarkable nevertheless--is the lead sentence in the AP article. It reads like one of those contests New York magazine used to feature, in which the reader tries to submit a ridiculous run-on sentence that could be the plot of an over-the-top disaster movie:
A jetliner carrying 309 people skidded off a runway while landing in a thunderstorm Tuesday, sliding into a ravine and breaking into pieces, but remarkably everyone aboard survived by jumping to safety in the moments before the plane burst into flames.
These people are either very lucky, or the crew and flight attendants on board the plane deserve a medal. Or perhaps both.