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Sun Country flight from Seattle diverted to Spokane after engine shutdown

A Sun Country Airlines flight from Seattle had its engine shut down while en route to Minneapolis-St. Paul and had to move to Spokane on Friday evening.

Sun Country Flight 286 took off shortly after 6 p.m. and stayed in the air for about two hours before landing in Spokane, the airline said in a statement Saturday. The plane, a Boeing 737-800, was flying over Montana when pilots turned around.

Passengers stayed overnight in Spokane and flew to Minneapolis-St. Paul on another plane on Saturday morning.

“Our pilots followed procedures and the flight landed safely in Spokane,” Sun Country said in a statement. “The safety of our passengers and crew is our priority, and we appreciate the work of our pilots and flight attendants to ensure the safety of our customers.”

The plane, one of 43 passenger jets operated by Minneapolis-based Sun Country, was produced in 2014, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.