Airliner Witnessed North Korean Missile Test

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

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. The network reported that the launch was seen by two South Korean aircraft traveling to Seoul from the United States.

"Today the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location", the airline's operations manager Mark Hoey wrote in a message on a company communication platform, the Post reported. The missile soared to a height of 2,800 miles, ten times higher than the worldwide space station, and then came nearly straight down.

Despite their planes' close proximity to these tests, Cathay Pacific is not planning on following Singapore Airlines' lead and changing its routes any time soon.

Crew onboard a Cathay Pacific flight last week said they witnessed North Korea's latest missile test.

United States Defense Secretary James Mattis said shortly after the missile was launched that the missile demonstrated North Korea may have the ability to hit "everywhere in the world".

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 (Air Traffic Control) according to procedures".

"We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves", the airline spokesman said. The North has launched its missiles without warning for years.

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.

"Coupled with the rogue regime's need to master missile guidance and targeting, the re-entry failure underscores the challenges facing the country's weapons program, according to the official".

"With this system, the DPRK [North Korea] has become possessed of another new-type intercontinental ballistic rocket weaponry system capable of carrying super heavy nuclear warheads and attacking the whole mainland of the US", reported North Korea's state-run KCNA on November 29.

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.

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