Airline crew says they witnessed North Korea’s latest missile test up close


A Cathay Pacific flight crew reported seeing North Korea’s latest missile test “blow up and fall apart” while en route from San Francisco to Hong Kong last week, the airline said Monday.

Crewmembers on flight CX893 reported witnessing the suspected re-entry of the missile — its largest yet — into Earth’s atmosphere after it was launched last Wednesday.

“[T]he crew of CX893 reported, ‘Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location,” the company’s general manager of operations, Mark Holey, said in staff message, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.

The flight was over Japan when the missile was launched, according to online trackers.

Hoey noted that another one of the airline’s planes “might have been the closest, at a few hundred miles laterally.”

The Hong Kong-based airline said Monday that it has no immediate plans to change flight routes for steer clear of future near-misses with Kim Jong Un’s arsenal.

“Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan [air traffic control] according to procedure,” a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said, adding the company will remain alert.

Meanwhile, the pilots of two different Korean Air planes — both heading to South Korea’s Incheon Airport — also reported seeing flashes of light believed to be from the missile launch.

The North Korean ballistic missile was fired from Pyongsong, north of the country’s capital of Pyongyang.

The rogue nation — which is under heavy sanctions from the United States and the United Nations over its weapons development — previously fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Pacific over Japan on Sept. 15.

With Post wires


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