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In March, I was on a flight from STX (St Croix) to Charlotte when the no. 1 engine had to be shut down just off the coast of South Carolina. There was a loud "thud" and the flight attendant call light came on over the cockpit door (It's never a good sign when the flight attendants look out the window at the engine in the middle of a flight). As we continued on to CLT, the FAs gave the lecture about the brace position. Thanks to the expertise of the flight crew, we experienced a soft landing. After the fire dept checked the plane over, we were allowed to taxi to the gate under the plane's own power. However, I thought there was an "ETOPS" rule that said , basically, in the event of an engine failure the plane has to divert to the nearest safe airfield (CAE, MYR, CHS). Just wondering if someone knows more about the "ETOPS rule."
Common sense should always come first.
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