Asiana Flight 214 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing two people and injuring more than 180 other passengers.
More than 99 percent of the 307 people aboard that airplane survived the crash.
I am not alone among the people who are in awe of that statistic, which was years in the making by aircraft designers, pilots and the National Transportation Safety Board.
"Just two of the 307 people aboard Asiana Flight 214 died in the fiery wreck on the runway," wrote Susanna Schrobsdorff in Time magazine.
"But it's not divine luck. How pilots, crews and airports prepare for these rare but devastating crashes."
Schrobsdorff said there had not been a jumbo jet crash landing in the United States since 2001.
Engineers always point out that there is no such thing as an accident. At least one thing happens along the way to create a collision.
On Saturday, pilot error may be to blame, but I will let the experts at the transportation board determine that. This is one federal agency that indeed saves lives.
Viewing photographs of that wreckage, I realize how horrifying that afternoon was.
But members of the flight crew kept their heads and calmly evacuated all but two passengers to safety.
I also tip my hat to the men and women who designed and built and maintained that aircraft.
"Thirty years of design improvements have made a huge difference in the ability to get everyone off the plane in less than two minutes," Larry Rooney told Time magazine.
Rooney, a veteran pilot and National Transportation Safety Board-trained accident investigator, is executive vice president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association.
Emergency crews also showed their training, which also was based on years of lessons learned in similar airplane crashes with a greater number of casualties.
Pilot training also saved lives.