Singapore Airlines Reroutes Flights Around North Korean Missile Paths

Singapore Airlines Reroutes Flights Around North Korean Missile Paths

The BBC reported at least two other Seoul-bound South Korean aircraft traveling from the US reported witnessing the missile test.

After the missile reached its zenith some 2,780 miles (4,475 km) above Earth-over ten times higher than the International Space Station-it came down in a blaze, which a senior Cathay Pacific executive said was observed by the flight crew, according to the South China Morning Post.

Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific said that one of its air crews spotted what they believed to be the missile fired by North Korea last week, as they flew between the southern Chinese city and the United States.

A spokesman for the airline told Sky News: "On 29 November, the flight crew of CX893 reported a sighting of what is suspected to be the re-entry of the recent DPRK test missile".

The missiles "are predominantly re-entering into Japanese airspace", Flight Service Bureau, a Florida-based aviation consulting firm, said in August.

An approximation of the Hwasong-15's missile test zone and CX893 flight path.   Google Maps  Business Insider
An approximation of the Hwasong-15's missile test zone and CX893 flight path. Google Maps Business Insider

The AP reported the missile was in the air for almost an hour and reached an altitude of 2,780 miles before plummeting into the Sea of Japan about 600 miles from its launch point.

Singapore Airlines has changed the route of its Seoul-Los Angeles flights because of North Korean missile tests over the Sea of Japan, the airline revealed Tuesday.

The sighting was reported to air traffic controllers in Japan, and the flight's "operation remained normal and was not affected", the airline said.

After the North launched dozens of rockets and ballistic missiles that year, South Korea complained to the United Nations Security Council and worldwide aviation and maritime organizations about the lack of warning.

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

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North Korea's last missile launch marked a major evolution in the communist country's ballistic missile program.

Regardless of whether or not the test failed on re-entry, the newest missile represents a technological breakthrough for the regime.

The details of the test remain unclear, with a USA official saying the missile did not manage to make a re-entry into the earth atmosphere - the key problem of the rogue communist country's nuclear program.

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

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