Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles

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

It hadn't previously announced the change.

Crew and pilots from Cathay Pacific and Korean Air said they saw a North Korean missile during flights on November 29.

Wednesday's missile test reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile and the state-run Korean Central News Agency claims it's capable of reaching the U.S. In response to the test last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to do more to rein in North Korea, specifically through restraining the country's oil supply.

"A Korean Air jet flying to Incheon from San Francisco reported to Japanese controllers that its flight crew saw a flash from what was believed to be the North Korean missile", a Korean Air spokesman said.

Marco Langbroek, a space expert who tracks North Korea's missile program, told CNN he noticed something unusual about the stars in images taken from opposite sides of the missile launch.

The missile soared 2,800 miles into space without any apparent issue, but it is unclear how the weapon performed during atmospheric re-entry, as views within the intelligence community appear to vary.

The Cathay plane didn't travel over that part of the sea either, according to flight tracking data.

Shortly after the test, a spokesperson for the U.S. Defense Department acknowledged that the North Korean missile "flew through busy airspace used by commercial airliners".

"We have been in contact with relevant authorities and industry bodies as well as with other carriers". For the time being, there are no planned changes to existing Cathay Pacific routes. "We remain alert and (will) review the situation as it evolves". "Posting the two images of the recently launched Hwasong 15 missile that were made public by the North Korean regime, Langbroek pointed out the difference in the star constellations visible in the background".

Any missile launches must be reported to the International Civil Aviation Organization to assure the safety of civilian aircraft.

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