Flight crew witnessed North Korean nuclear missile test, airline says

Flight crew witnessed North Korean nuclear missile test, airline says

Flight crew witnessed North Korean nuclear missile test, airline says

North Korea regularly fails to issue such notices to airmen (NOTAM) when conducting missile launches, according to South Korean officials.

Staff on the Cathay Pacific flight witnessed the suspected re-entry of last week's missile test while flying over Japan, the BBC reports.

"Today [November 29] the crew of CX893 reported, "Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location".

"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan ATC (Air Traffic Control) according to procedures".

"At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", Cathay Pacific, whose crew witnessed the missile, said in the statement, quoted in Bloomberg on Tuesday.

The November 29 nuclear rocket test proved to have been North Korea's most powerful so far, an ICBM that may be able to target the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Angered, ruffled and disturbed by the continued threat of North Korea's missile activities, Asian giants, Japan is seeking to acquire missiles with enough range to strike Pyongyang's missile sites. "We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves".

While expert say the risk of an incident remains very low, the frequency of North Korea's missile launches has heightened fears among some airlines.

It's not the first time this year a North Korean missile has had a close call with a passenger plane. North Korea is a member of the global organization, but it has neglected its obligations as it repeatedly failed to give notice of its missile tests to ensure the safety of flights in the area.

Last week, a call on all countries to severe ties with North Korea over its continued missile activities made by the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley was rejected by Russian Federation.

"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".

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