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Q:

Is it possible to steer a plane left or right by reducing the thrust of the opposite engine?

A:

Yes. You can steer a plane by controlling how much thrust is coming from each engine. This has been used many times by pilots dealing with a hydraulic failure in an emergency.  Even aircraft as large as a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress have managed to maintain control over yaw with no tail and  land safely!