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Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test

Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test

Singapore Airlines has changed its flight route between the South Korean capital of Seoul and Los Angeles because of North Korean missile tests. The report came about one hour after the missile was launched from a site north of Pyongyang, Yonhap reported.

Despite catching glimpses of the weapon-thought to be the deadliest missile in North Korea's arsenal-Cathay Pacific and Korean Air had not chosen to alter their routes as of Tuesday, according to a Bloomberg report. A decision on whether its planes should avoid the Sea of Japan is also "taken every day".

Cathay said Monday that the flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong reported witnessing the apparent re-entry of the ICBM that North Korea launched before dawn Wednesday.

North Korea's missile launch reached a height of 2,780 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan.

"There are no current routes that fly through a risky zone", said an Asiana Airlines official.

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"We do take the matter seriously and are monitoring the situation very closely and will reroute our flight paths where necessary", a Cathay Pacific spokesperson added.

With the unveiling of North Korea's latest, and most powerful, intercontinental ballistic missile to date, the Hwasong-15, experts now seem convinced that Kim's regime possesses the ability to at least reach targets as far away as America's east coast. Air France also announced at the time that it had expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea, after one of its planes flew past the location where an ICBM splashed down 10 minutes later.

It joins a growing group of airlines who have re-routed planes because of Pyongyang's more frequent launches.

Meanwhile, tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to escalate, with the US and South Korea launching major joint drills on Monday. North Korea has consistently failed to follow this norm while conducting its tests.

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