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Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE/RCTP)
Narrative: EVA Airways flight BR015 from Los Angeles, California, USA to Taipei, Taiwan, came close to mountainous terrain during departure climb after takeoff from Los Angeles Airport. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-35EER, took off from runway 07R at 01:19 hours local time. The flight plan showed a Ventura 7 departure, which calls for a climb on heading 071° after which radar vectors would be given to the VTU VOR/DME. VTU is located near the coast, 60 km to the northwest of LAX. After switching to the SoCal Departure frequency the flight was instructed to climb to 7000 feet on a heading of 090 degrees. Subsequently the SoCal Departure controller cleared the flight to turn to 180 degrees and continue climb to 7000 feet. This was read back by EVA flight 15 as "Left heading 180"; this was not challenged by the controller. Noticing that EVA flight 15 was tracking northbound towards the San Gabriel Mountains, the controller began instructing the flight to "turn right heading 180". Meanwhile the current heading of flight 15 was causing a sepation isssue with another flight, Air Canada flight AC788. This Boeing 787 Dreamliner had departed runway 06R at LAX one minute after EVA flight 15. The controller instructed AC788 to expedite the climb and BR015 to stop climbing. Having ensured a safe separation the controller continued instructing BR015 to turn right. Flight 15 then began climbing in a right hand turn, passing over Mount Wilson. Highest terrain elevation there below the aircraft's flight path was 1590 m (5216 ft). At that point the aircraft was climbing from 6200 to 6600 feet, according to ADS-B flight data.
Weather about the time of the incident: (01:20 LT / 0920 Z) KLAX 160853Z 10008KT 2SM -RA BR BKN004 OVC009 13/13 A2989 RMK AO2 SLP119 VIS N 1 1/2 P0005 60018 T01280128 58021 $ KLAX 160953Z 09003KT 1SM R25R/P6000FT -RA BR VV004 13/13 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP111 VIS N 3/4 P0009 T01330133 $