Crew Saw DPRK Missile Test on Cathay Pacific Flight from HK

Three chees North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrates after giving an order to test-fire the newly developed inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15

According to the Committee of chiefs of staffs of armed forces of South Korea, the missile launched from the landfill in the North Korean city of Pinson in the province's toll.

Channel NewsAsia found out that Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken steps to reroute its Seoul-Los Angeles flights since July this year, following Pyongyang's July 27 missile launch into the Sea of Japan.

It hadn't previously announced the changes before this week. Cathay Pacific said Monday passengers and crew on the flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong reported witnessing the flight of the Hwasong-15 ICBM. North Korea joined the ICAO in 1977, but the last time it warned the organization of an impending missile launch was in February 2016.

An IATA spokeswoman said by email on Thursday that de Juniac's remarks were in reference to the airline trade group's support of a recent decision by ICAO to "strongly condemn North Korea's continued launching of ballistic missiles over and near worldwide air routes".

"At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", the Hong Kong-based airline said in a statement.

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. "We remain alert and [will] review the situation as it evolves". Cathay Pacific's crew reported seeing the weapon re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, while Korean Air said its pilots "saw a flash".

European airlines Lufthansa and Air France-KLM shifted their paths in August after two North Korean test launches in July. North Korea likely chooses splashdown points for each stage that avoid airline routes, said Vipin Narang, an expert on nuclear strategy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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