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Wow: Airline Crew Says They Saw the North Korean Missile

Written by Charlie

The recent North Korean missile was reported as being spotted by an airline crew on its way from San Francisco to Hong Kong.

As you know, North Korea launched a new missile test last week that was their biggest missile tested yet. That has certainly caused a lot of issues around the world, but can you imagine if you had actually seen this from your aircraft?

Wow! Airline Crew Says They Saw the North Korean Missile

According to a Cathay Pacific crew, they did see the missile and had reported, “Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location.”

This was from the crew on Cathay Pacific flight CX893 from San Francisco to Hong Kong. They issued a statement that said, “Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan ATC (Air Traffic Control) according to procedures. Operation remained normal and was not affected.”

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The airlines have said that, at the moment, they have no plans to adjust routes. I imagine these crews see a lot but I am sure this was one of the most disturbing things to see. According to Cathay Pacific in their plotting of the route and launch, their aircraft was at least a few hundred miles away, laterally.

Check out this slideshow by the South China Morning Post to see what the routes had appeared like.

Source: SCMP

Featured image courtesy of Cathay Pacific

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
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