Airliner Witnessed North Korean Missile Test

  • Airliner Witnessed North Korean Missile Test

Airliner Witnessed North Korean Missile Test

According to Channel NewsAsia, the move has come after the July 27 missile launch by North Korea into the Sea of Japan, Singapore Airlines said on Tuesday.

North Korean missile tests in the past several months have led to tensions with the US, as President Donald Trump has made multiple threats against the rogue nation and its leader Kim Jong-un, whom Trump has deemed "little rocket man".

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

South Korea's military says the missile flew ten times higher than the International Space Station.

Cathay Pacific said the ICBM test didn't come close to the aircraft and it now has no plans to alter operations.

The crew of the Cathay Pacific flight appears to have seen failure during the re-entry portion of North Korea's missile test.

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.

"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan ATC according to procedures".

Crew members aboard a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight from San Francisco saw what they suspected was a North Korean ballistic missile re-entering the Earth's atmosphere last week, the airline has confirmed.

"We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves", the statement said. While the intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, that North Korea has recently tested are not meant for use against aircraft, they could still pose a risk to planes.

Korean Air said it was unclear how far the apparent missile re-entry was from its own planes, whose flights originated in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The missile marked North Korea's third ICBM launch this year, and experts believe the missile is able to strike anywhere in the continental U.S.

The North fired an intercontinental ballistic missile believed capable of hitting the United States mainland last Wednesday. Most media outlets have adopted North Korea's preferred "Hwasong-15" designation for the system, noting that it's definitely much larger and seems capable of significantly longer flight times than its predecessor.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said he still had confidence in diplomatic efforts to address the North Korea situation, but that the USA also has military options available.