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Airport mistakes: LAX gaffe sends EVA flight into another plane’s flight path - TomoNews

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LOS ANGELES — An EVA Airlines jet flying to Taipei, Taiwan from Los Angeles International was mistakenly sent into the path of another plane last Friday morning.

An air traffic controller told the EVA pilot to make a 180-degree-left turn when she actually meant right, reported ABC 7. This sent the aircraft into the path of an Air Canada flight and close to terrain on the San Gabriel Mountains.

The controller realized the mistake and told the EVA Airlines crew, who managed to get the plane onto the correct path before anything happened.

The two planes remained the required distance apart, a Federal Aviation Administration official told CBSLA. However, aviation investigators are still trying to determine how close EVA Airlines plane was to the San Gabriel Mountains.

The required distance between aircraft and such mountainous regions is 2,000 feet.

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