Monday, 16 July, 2018

Airline Crew Says They Saw North Korean Test Missile Re-Enter Atmosphere

A woman walks past a street monitor showing a news report about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo Japan No Need of Nuclear Capabilities For Japan Despite New Missile Tests by Pyongyang REUTERS Toru Hanai
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 19:38

The airline rerouted its daily flights between the South Korean capital Seoul and Los Angeles after a North Korean missile launch in July, the report said quoting a spokesperson for Singapore Airlines.

Cathay Pacific said the crew of a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong reported seeing what they thought was the missile re-entering Earth's atmosphere on November 29.

As a safety precaution in response to North Korea's unpredictable missile launches, Singapore's flagship airline made the very apt decision to change its flight routes that could potentially pass over the test areas.

Despite the missile being close enough to be seen by the pilots, the airline is not planning to change its flying routes at the moment. Although questions remain as to the platform's ability to survive reentry, as well as the targeting apparatus North Korea employs in their long-range missile platforms, a looming concern persists: could the United States actually shoot down a barrage of nuclear tipped missiles coming our way?

Cathay said there was no current plan to change air routes, saying its plane was "far from the event location".

As a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the North is obliged to give prior notice of any actions that could threaten the safety of civilian aircraft.

The Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated a greater range than other missiles North Korea has tested.

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

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that preemptive war in North Korea is "becoming more likely" as the country's improving missile technology presents an increasing threat.