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Airplane Flight Crew Gets Front Row Seat To North Korean Missile Test

Airplane Flight Crew Gets Front Row Seat To North Korean Missile Test

After the North launched dozens of rockets and ballistic missiles that year, South Korea complained to the United Nations Security Council and worldwide aviation and maritime organizations about the lack of warning.

"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.

In a message shared with staff, Cathay general manager Mark Hoey said the crew had described seeing the missile "blow up and fall apart", the South China Morning Post reported. "Operation remained normal and was not affected", the statement said.

The BBC reported at least two other Seoul-bound South Korean aircraft traveling from the US reported witnessing the missile test.

A Japanese daily reported Tuesday that Japan will overhaul its missile intercept system starting next year to cope with advancements in North Korea's weapons technology such as faster-descending missiles launched at steeper trajectories. The passenger aircraft was flying from San Francisco to Hong Kong.

In October, the ICAO condemned Pyongyang for its continued launching of ballistic missiles and urged the country to comply with worldwide aviation standards. Its new Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile is larger and more powerful than previous missiles and credibly able to carry a nuclear warhead.




"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. But he said that while such missiles posed a danger to commercial flights, the risk was "low in terms of probability".

"It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they've taken".

Taking a jab at the United States with its glorious moment, a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country even mocked "insane President Trump is running wild. stunned by North Korea completing the state nuclear force".

According to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), that is a comment that needs to be taken seriously.

North Korea stopped giving advance notice of its missile tests in 2014.

"We're not going to let this insane man in North Korea have the capability to hit the homeland", he said.


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