Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test

08 December, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test

The decision comes after Pyongyang's continuous missile tests in the Sea of Japan disregarding worldwide opposition.

Singapore Airlines has changed some of its flight routes between Asia and the response to North Korea's missile tests, CNNMoney reported.

Singapore's flag carrier has changed its Seoul to Los Angeles route as a precautionary step against missile launches from North Korea.

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On July 28 an Air France flight from Tokyo to Paris, carrying 323 people, passed just 60 miles from the splashdown site of a North Korean missile test, roughly five to ten minutes after it hit the water.

Civic Party's Tam said although Cathay Pacific claimed its nearest aircraft was several hundred miles away, or more than half an hour's flight, from the explosion, the threat cannot be ruled out, especially if North Korea does not announce its missile launches.

In a leaked internal memo, the airline's general manager for operations, Mark Hoey, told the staff, "Today [date unspecified] the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location.'" The Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK, is the official name for North Korea.

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November 28, North Korea announced the successful test of Intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.

The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization states that nations have a "responsibility to issue risk advisories regarding any threats to the safety of civilian aircraft operating in their airspace".

Federal regulation from 1997 prohibits all US airlines from flying over the Flight Information Region of Pyongyang.

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Singapore Airlines said it was aware of reports about Cathay Pacific flight crew's missile sighting and was "closely monitoring the situation". The chances are "billions to one", aviation safety analyst David Soucie told CNN.


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