Monday, 11 December, 2017

Airline Pilots Saw North Korean Missile's Re-Entry, Breakup

An airline spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that the crew on CX893 had made a report about the suspected sighting on November 29. SCMP An airline spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that the crew on CX893 had made a report about the suspected sighting on November 29. SCMP
Lillian Steele | 06 December, 2017, 01:06

Despite coming close enough to see the missile's reentry, Cathay Pacific told the BBC that there are no plans to change flight patterns at this time.

The report from the crew of the Hong Kong-bound flight out of San Francisco suggests that North Korea's latest missile test may not have been as successful as Pyongyang asserted in its state media reports.

Last week, the North Korean regime tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - the first such test in over two months - that could potentially reach any city within the U.S. The regime praised the missiles as its "most powerful".

Since the North Korea regime does not announce its missiles tests and does not have access to worldwide civil aviation data, the launches come without warning for commercial airliners and pose a potential risk to planes, the BBC News noted.

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".

North Korea, which has access to civil aviation data, does not usually inform other nations about any missile launch and this could be a potential risk to aircraft flying in the region.

"We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves", the statement said.

Cathay Pacific flight CX893 was making its way over Japan when Pyongyang fired the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile.

But analysts note the missile would require a re-entry vehicle that could withstand the heat and pressure of descent to deliver an intact nuclear warhead to the ground.

"With this system, the DPRK [North Korea] has become possessed of another new-type intercontinental ballistic rocket weaponry system capable of carrying super heavy nuclear warheads and attacking the whole mainland of the USA", reported North Korea's state-run KCNA on November 29.

The operators insist the missile flew far from the flight's path and at no point posed a threat to the aircraft. "It's a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that could threaten everywhere in the world".

North Korea has access to worldwide civil aviation data, but how or if it factors into its missile tests is unknown. 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.

"We're not going to let this insane man in North Korea have the capability to hit the homeland", he said.

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