Missile test raises flight safety concerns

No route changes after 3 flight crews report flash of light during N. Korea ICBM test

No route changes after 3 flight crews report flash of light during N. Korea ICBM test

"Posting the two images of the recently launched Hwasong 15 missile that were made public by the North Korean regime, Langbroek pointed out the difference in the star constellations visible in the background".

The missile soared 2,800 miles into space without any apparent issue, but it is unclear how the weapon performed during atmospheric re-entry, as views within the intelligence community appear to vary.

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that preemptive war in North Korea is "becoming more likely" as the country's improving missile technology presents an increasing threat. While North Korea has claimed that their new weapon has put all parts of the United States within reach of a devastating strike, USA officials say the latest test was a failure since the missile broke apart on re-entry as the airliner witnessed.

News of Singapore Airlines' change followed a crew on board a Cathay Pacific aircraft seeing a North Korean missile blow up over the Sea of Japan last week.

The crew of the Cathay Pacific Airways flight says they witnessed the rogue nation's latest weapon break apart and explode as it traveled through the sky early Wednesday morning on November 29.

The missile was far from the plane, and operation was unaffected, Cathay said, adding that it had informed other carriers and relevant authorities.

The government of Japan noted that the rocket after a 50 minute flight fell into the sea in the exclusive economic zone of Japan, reports Japanese broadcaster NHK. "We remain alert and (will) review the situation as it evolves".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo.

At the time, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Jeff Davis warned that the missile North Korea "flew through busy airspace used by commercial airliners".

Thus, North Korea conducted its first missile launching, since 15 September. 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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