Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

Cathay flight crew 'saw' North Korea missile from plane

Crew aboard a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong witnessed the remnants of North Korea's latest missile test.

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". The Hong Kong-headquartered Cathay Pacific, which is considered one of the safest airlines in the country, said it has no plans of rerouting any of its flights.

"Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location..."

In August, Air France said one its planes carrying more than 300 passengers may have come as close as 60 miles to a ballistic missile launched by North Korea.

Mark Hoey, Cathay Pacific's general manager of operations, reportedly sent a message to ground crew and staff during the event.

Various other commercial airlines have become cautious due to the North Korea's missile testing as it doesn't comply with the global agreements of giving a prior notice before conducting a test. Despite the missile being close enough to be seen by the pilots, the airline is not planning to change its flying routes at the moment.

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

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".

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A plane takes off near the control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.

The Cathay Pacific flight took off from San Francisco and was bound for Hong Kong.

It also claimed the Hwasong-15 missile fired Wednesday can be tipped with a "super-large heavy warhead" capable of striking the whole USA mainland.

The operators insist the missile flew far from the flight's path and at no point posed a threat to the aircraft.

In response to the launch, President Trump said the United States will "take care of it".

According to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), that is a comment that needs to be taken seriously.

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

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