I understand "NC" means you better "leave it hangin'". However, due to the brimful nature of my boards full of components, and the Kierkegaardian genius who designed this component: http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/20002200D.pdf
that put the GND pin squarely in the middle rather on the side of the component, I now find myself in the position of having no choice but to connect a trough-hole to GND by laying tracks right through the NC pin, since under the component laid several tiny trough-holes already.
So I'm wondering is it OK for me to do that (connect NC to GND)? Since in the datasheet it specifically said:
But I'm not 100% sure?
Or I could be wrong, there shouldn't be any non-GND via under the power IC, and instead, there should be a patch of GND plane?