North Korea Missile Seen By Cathay Pacific Airline Crew

Pauline Gross
December 6, 2017

The pilot of a second Korean Air aircraft crossing the Sea of Japan inbound from Los Angeles reported a similar flash of light four minutes later, The Telegraph wrote.

JADGE is considered the brain of Japan's missile defense system.

A view of the newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15's test was successfully launched is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 30, 2017.

Japan's defense ministry is requesting ten-point-seven billion yen which is over 94 million USA dollars in its 2018 budget to make the changes with hopes to fully deploy the upgraded version by 2022.

A spokesman for Cathay Pacific was reported in the media as saying that the crew "witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location".

A Cathay Pacific flight crew reportedly witnessed North Korea's latest missile test last Wednesday, the airline announced today.

"At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", the airline said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Cathay did not give the location of the flight at the time of the sighting, but said the crew of the CX893 flight between Hong Kong and San Francisco had notified Japanese air traffic control "according to procedures".

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The suspected sighting has, however, renewed fears that North Korea's missile testing could put commercial aircraft at risk.

The company told the BBC News Monday that a crew witnessed what was likely the reentry of the North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into Earth's atmosphere last week.

In a recent statement by the airline, it said that it has been in contact with relevant authorities, industry bodies and other airlines about what Cathay Pacific Flight 893 has seen. The North has launched its missiles without warning for years.

Given the arbitrary nature of the tests, it is possible that a North Korean missile could hit an airplane traveling through airspace near the launch site.

Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia on the safety precautions it was taking, Singapore Airlines said that its planes were not affected as it had already taken steps in July to reroute flight paths.

President Donald Trump has said that the United States would handle the North Korean situation, but did not specify details.

The flight "remained normal", the airline said.

Other reports by GizPress

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