Ask the Captain: Did the damaged Boeing 777 have to dump fuel before making emergency landing?

John Cox, Special to USA TODAY
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Have you ever dumped fuel because the plane was damaged and had to land as soon as possible? Did the recent damaged Boeing 777 at Denver dump its fuel before emergency landing?

– RG, Asheville, North Carolina

I have never dumped fuel on any flight. Most of the airplanes I flew did not have fuel-dumping capability.

I have not heard if the Boeing 777 that experienced engine failure over Denver dumped fuel or not. Based on the request to return immediately, it is doubtful if they dumped fuel.

After the engine suffered the uncontained failure, there was a significant vibration which would have encouraged an immediate return and landing. The pilots would have completed the appropriate checklists, reprogrammed the flight management system and then been ready to land.

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On multi-engined aircraft, are the engines counter-rotational?

– Daju, Ohio

On jets they are not, but the shafts within the engine (low pressure and high pressure) usually do rotate in a opposite directions.

Most turboprops are not counter-rotating. However, some reciprocating engines on twins are counter-rotating.

John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems. The views and opinions expressed in this column are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of USA TODAY.

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