World Airline crew 'saw North Korea missile'

13:36  04 december  2017
13:36  04 december  2017 Source:   BBC News

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Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week’s North Korean missile test, the airline said. On 29 November North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile it said could reach anywhere in the US.

Cathay Pacific crew saw North Korean missile from plane, airline says. Edit CNN 04 Dec 2017. North Korea fired what is believed to be the biggest and most powerful missile in its arsenal last Wednesday, the Hwasong 15, after a weeks-long lull in testing coast of Japan, North Korea said.

Cathay Pacific aircraft: Though planes are thought to be safe from missile tests, a small risk remains © AFP Though planes are thought to be safe from missile tests, a small risk remains Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week's North Korean missile test, the airline said.

The company confirmed to the BBC that crew witnessed "what is suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile into the earth's atmosphere.

It added that as things stand no flight routes were being modified.

On 29 November North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile it said could reach anywhere in the US.

Described by Pyongyang as its "most powerful" missile, it ended up in Japanese waters but flew higher than any other the North had previously tested.

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Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week's North Korean missile test, the airline said. I still think the Olympics will go on this winter in South Korea really interesting to see how all this unfolds though up North .

Cathay Pacific crew saw North Korean missile from plane, airline says. Edit CNN 04 Dec 2017. North Korea fired what is believed to be the biggest and most powerful missile in its arsenal last Wednesday, the Hwasong 15, after a weeks-long lull in testing coast of Japan, North Korea said.

According to the South China Morning Post, Cathay's general manager of operations Mark Hoey told staff in a message that "today the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location'".

This photo taken on 29 November 2017 and released on November 30, 2017 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows launching of the Hwasong-15 missile which is capable of reaching all parts of the US.: The rocket is thought to have exploded on re-entry into the atmosphere © AFP/KCNA The rocket is thought to have exploded on re-entry into the atmosphere The launch was reportedly also witnessed by two South Korean aircraft en route to Seoul from the US.

Unlike other countries, North Korea usually does not announce its missile tests which means they come without warning or known flight path, posing a potential risk to planes.

Pyongyang does have access to international civil aviation data so it can study the airspace before any launch.

While the risk of an incident remains very low, it is something that airlines are taking into consideration. In early August, Air France expanded their no-fly zone around North Korea after it transpired one of its planes flew close to a North Korean missile path.

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