North Korea's Missile Launch Gave Airline Pilots a Jolt



Korean Air, a South Korean airline, also said two captains of its passenger planes saw flashes believed to be from the North's missile test while flying over Japan last Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. The missile soared to a height of 2,800 miles, ten times higher than the global space station, and then came nearly straight down.

The flight was far enough from the missile test not to be in danger, but The Guardian says the incident highlights the "unforeseen danger" of North Korea's tests.

Crew aboard a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong witnessed the remnants of North Korea's latest missile test.

In a message to employees obtained by the South China Morning Post, Cathay Pacific's general manager of operations, Mark Hoey said "today the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location'".

Cathay said in a statement that it had been in contact with relevant authorities, industry bodies and other airlines about what was seen from Cathay flight 893, and at the moment there were no plans to change flight routes. While it has a theoretical range greater than 8,000 miles, the missile only traveled a distance of about 600 miles from the launch point.

"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan [air traffic control] according to procedures", the airline spokesman said, noting that flight operation wasn't affected by the suspected sighting.

Cathay Pacific crews are warned to look out for North Korean MISSILES after crew spot last test launch re-enter atmosphere near passenger jet flying from US to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific reports sighting of North Korea's missile test last week

Since the North Korea regime does not announce its missiles tests and does not have access to global civil aviation data, the launches come without warning for commercial airliners and pose a potential risk to planes, the BBC News noted.

A plane takes off near the control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.

Pyongyang sent tensions soaring on the Korean Peninsula five days ago when it announced it had successfully test fired a new ICBM, which it says brings the whole of the continental United States within range.

Flight trackers place the plane near Japan when the missile was launched on November 29. In response to the test last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to do more to rein in North Korea, specifically through restraining the country's oil supply.

"Singapore Airlines is aware of the reports on the sighting of the North Korean missiles and is closely monitoring the situation", a spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia.

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