>>>>>>To me, it's surprising that they would divert to AMA
on such a short trip. AMA
is just 360 miles from DEN
. Couldn't the 737 just fly the remainder of the trip on one engine?
>>>>>>If it had 1,000 miles to go, I would understand, but it seems to me like this was a waste of time and money. Of course, I'm no expert, so maybe I'm missing something.
>>>Whenever a plane loses an engine it almost always diverts to the nearest airport for safety precautions.
Here in the US, the US FARs dictate that if it's a twin (as most are these days), and engine failure or shutdown occurs, you go to "the nearest suitable airport in point-of-time". If you're on an aircraft with 3 or 4 engines, the option is there to continue to the original destination if doing so is deemed just as safe as going to the nearest suitable etc. etc..
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