Singapore Airlines reroutes some flights to avoid North Korean missiles

Saul Bowman
December 6, 2017

United States Defense Secretary James Mattis said shortly after the missile was launched that the missile demonstrated North Korea may have the ability to hit "everywhere in the world".

JADGE is considered the brain of Japan's missile defense system.

The flight was far enough from the missile test not to be in danger, but The Guardian says the incident highlights the "unforeseen danger" of North Korea's tests.

Japan's defense ministry is requesting ten-point-seven billion yen which is over 94 million US dollars in its 2018 budget to make the changes with hopes to fully deploy the upgraded version by 2022.

According to a report in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the company's general manger of operations Mark Hoey told Cathay Pacific staff in a message that "the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location'".

A spokesman said on Monday that the flight crew of CX893 had reported a suspected sighting of Pyongyang's latest missile test.

North Korean state media condemned the exercise, saying the US was "begging for nuclear war" and will push the region "to the brink of nuclear war", the BBC reported.

A report from the Yonhap News Agency said the captain of a Korean Air flight approaching South Korea's Incheon Airport from San Francisco reported to ground control that he had seen a flash about one hour after the North Korean missile launched, The Telegraph reported.

According to the Associated Press, the crew reported seeing the missile re-enter the atmosphere over Japan during a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong on November 29.

North Korea's last missile launch marked a major evolution in the communist country's ballistic missile program.

Singapore Airlines has changed the route of its Seoul-Los Angeles flights because of North Korean missile tests over the Sea of Japan, the airline revealed Tuesday.

National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster warned that the risk of war with North Korea continues to increase with each passing day.

Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia on the safety precautions it was taking, Singapore Airlines said that its planes were not affected as it had already taken steps in July to reroute flight paths. Numerous airline's worldwide flights have cameras mounted beneath the fuselage the footage of which can be viewed by passengers live from their seats.

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