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North Korea's Missile Launch Gave Airline Pilots a Jolt

06 December 2017

Pyongyang boasted that the weapon was capable of hitting the US mainland.

The missile, which Pyongyang claims to be its "most powerful", crashed into the Sea of Japan. 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.

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

Earlier this year, Air France imposed a no-fly zone over North Korea after one of its flights flew past the site of Pyongyang's July 28 missile test over Japan.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Mark Hoey sent a statement to the staff stating "today the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the [North Korean] missile blow up and fall apart near our current location, '" according to the South China Morning Post.

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.

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Though authorities have not shared much about the investigation, they do not believe there is a threat to the general public. Mariah is described as white, with light brown hair and blue eyes, standing just under 3 feet tall and weighing 30 pounds.

"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan ATC according to procedures". The North Korean ICBM launched Wednesday was shot at an extremely steep arc, nearly straight up and then straight down. Were the weapon to be fired on a minimum energy trajectory or standard launch trajectory, there is a possibility the re-entry vehicle would survive.

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.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (L) and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speak to the press about the situation in North Korea at the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 3, 2017. "It's a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that could threaten everywhere in the world".

Last month, the F.A.A. restricted American carriers from that slice of North Korean airspace as well, citing the "hazardous situation created by North Korean military capabilities and activities, including unannounced North Korean missile launches and air defense weapons systems".

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

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North Korea's Missile Launch Gave Airline Pilots a Jolt