Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

"At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters".

Earlier in October, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had condemned North Korea for the repeated launching of ballistic missiles.

A Cathay spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post that its crew on CX893 made a report on November 29 about the sighting, believing it was a missile tested by North Korea at 2:18 a.m. Hong Kong time. The missile spent more than 50 minutes in the air before falling into waters off the coast of Japan.

The CNA quoted reports of a spokesman for Cathay Pacific, as saying that the crew "witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location".

Cathay Pacific said its plane was "far from the event location" on Wednesday, but it did not say how far. Numerous carrier's global flights have a camera mounted beneath the fuselage, which passengers can view live from their seats.

President Donald Trump has said that the United States would handle the North Korean situation, but did not specify details. Mr. Trump did not give any specifics on plans to combat the North Korean threat however, the US moved a squadron of the military's F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea to begin combat exercises following the ICBM launch.

Military weapons have sometimes downed civilian flights, including Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which investigators say was hit by a Russian surface-to-air missile over Ukraine in 2014.

The repeated missile tests have seriously threatened the safety of worldwide civil aviation, the ICAO had said.

Officials with Cathay Pacific confirmed the crew's report and added that another flight, cargo flight CX096, was flying a route that took it even closer to the missile's path than the passenger plane. At the time of the splashdown, the flight was about 60 to 70 miles (95 to 112 kilometers) north of where the missile landed, according to a review of the data.

CNN aviation safety analyst David Soucie said that the odds of "an unaimed missile striking a plane are 'billions to one.'" However, experts told the network that it would be impossible for crew on a commercial jet to detect the approach of a ballistic missile.

North Korea's test of the Hwasong-15 was reportedly its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile and reached a record height of 2,800 miles, according to the country's state-run media, CNN reported.

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