Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test

Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test

Amid reports that North Korea is testing nuclear missiles, airlines are rerouting flight paths to avoid North Korean airspace.

While North Korea has claimed that their new weapon has put all parts of the United States within reach of a devastating strike, USA officials say the latest test was a failure since the missile broke apart on re-entry as the airliner witnessed.

Mr Wright also said the "flash" seen by Korean pilots about an hour after the missile's launch would be consistent with the warhead heating up during reentry, since the missile flew for 53 to 54 minutes.

The carrier said its planes now don't enter "the vicinity of the missile trajectory", because it changed the route to avoid the northern part of the Sea of Japan, which sits between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The organization condemned the Pyongyang regime in October for its repeated launch of ballistic missiles.

Each time North Korea launches a missile, it releases pictures that usually feature Kim Jong Un in an observation stand. Spotting this stand reliably helps the United States determine where and when North Korea may be plotting a launch, according to Panda. "At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", the airline said in a statement.


The Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated a greater range than other missiles North Korea has tested. "We remain alert and (will) review the situation as it evolves".

But US intelligence sources reportedly said they knew three days in advance and watched the missile preparation.

It also claimed the missile is capable of hitting the entire USA mainland.

The airline changed the route back in July after a previous North Korean missile test, according to CNN Money.

European airlines Lufthansa and Air France-KLM shifted their paths in August after two North Korean test launches in July.

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