Singapore Airlines changed United States route because of North Korean missiles

Singapore Airlines changed United States route because of North Korean missiles

Last week North Korea successfully test-fired what it described as its new and "most powerful" intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting anywhere in the United States with a nuclear warhead.

Amid reports that North Korea is testing nuclear missiles, airlines are rerouting flight paths to avoid North Korean airspace.

USA officials told CNN that the re-entry vehicle likely failed during North Korea's most recent missile test, and the crew of a Cathay Pacific flight claims to have seen the missile explode during re-entry, although David Wright, a senior physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, suspects that the crew actually saw stage separation and second-stage ignition during the ascent.

The representative of the Ministry of defense Colonel Robert manning reported that the missile flew about 1,000 km before falling into the sea of Japan, reports Reuters.

Prior to last week's ballistic missile launch, the USA spotted North Korea's military making preparations. Korean Air hasn't specified how close its flight was to the missile.

"We have been in contact with relevant authorities and industry bodies as well as with other carriers".

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Cathay said there was no current plan to change air routes, saying its plane was "far from the event location".

Korean Air didn't provide details of the flights that saw the "flash", or say where they were at the time of the event.

Four minutes later another Korean Air plane on a Los Angeles-Incheon flight also reported the same sighting to Japanese control, he said.

Federal regulation from 1997 prohibits all USA airlines from flying over the Flight Information Region of Pyongyang. Such notices are issued to warn pilots and airlines of potential risks during their flights.

Travelers who are concerned should know the chances of an airplane colliding with a missile are extremely low: One safety analyst estimates that it is less than a billion to one.

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