North Korea missile 'seen by Cathay Pacific airline crew'

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The world-renowned carrier changed the flying route of its Seoul- Los Angeles flights since last July as a safety precaution against the North Korean missile tests, stated a report in Channel NewsAsia.

The company confirmed to the that crew witnessed "what is suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile into the earth's atmosphere.

A spokesperson for The International Air Transport Association told reporters this week that North Korea has an obligation to provide advance notice of any missile tests, but not surprisingly, North Korea has never done so.

Civic Party's Tam said although Cathay Pacific claimed its nearest aircraft was several hundred miles away, or more than half an hour's flight, from the explosion, the threat cannot be ruled out, especially if North Korea does not announce its missile launches.

Airlines operating routes between Korea and the U.S. are changing flight paths to avoid areas that may be exposed to missile launches from North Korea.

November 28, North Korea announced the successful test of Intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.

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The airline changed the route back in July after a previous North Korean missile test, according to CNN Money.

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

Korean carrier Asiana Airlines also changed flight paths on some of its routes between Korea and the United States in 2010 in order to avoid the risk of being hit by an unexpected missile.

Korean Air pilots on two different planes also reported seeing flashes of light believed to be the North Korean missile when they were flying over Japan, airline spokesman Cho Hyun-mook said.

The chances of one of Kim's missiles actually hitting a civilian plane is very low, experts said.

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