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Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

North Korean missile tests in the past several months have led to tensions with the US, as President Donald Trump has made multiple threats against the rogue nation and its leader Kim Jong-un, whom Trump has deemed "little rocket man".

South Korea's military says the missile flew ten times higher than the International Space Station.

Last week, the North Korean regime tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - the first such test in over two months - that could potentially reach any city within the U.S. The regime praised the missiles as its "most powerful".

A Cathay spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post that its crew on CX893 made a report on November 29 about the sighting, believing it was a missile tested by North Korea at 2:18 a.m. Hong Kong time.

Singapore Airlines said they changed the flight's route following North Korea's July 27 missile test, which plummeted into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula, Channel NewsAsia reported.

North Korea launched the missile in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 28 as a flight by the Hong Kong-based airline crossed the Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong. While it has a theoretical range greater than 8,000 miles, the missile only traveled a distance of about 600 miles from the launch point.

Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane
Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan [air traffic control] according to procedures".

While airlines can reroute flight paths to avoid such incidents, according to SCMP, Cathay Pacific said neither it nor other carriers were "changing any routes or operating parameters" at the moment. "We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves".

Korean Air said it was unclear how far the apparent missile re-entry was from its own planes, whose flights originated in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The North Korean ICBM launched Wednesday was shot at an extremely steep arc, nearly straight up and then straight down.

North Korea's latest missile launch was witnessed by the crews of at least three different passenger jets, and one claimed that the weapon blew up in flight.

The North fired an intercontinental ballistic missile believed capable of hitting the United States mainland last Wednesday. Were the weapon to be fired on a minimum energy trajectory or standard launch trajectory, there is a possibility the re-entry vehicle would survive.

It's not the first time this year a North Korean missile has had a close call with a passenger plane.




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