North Korea missile test without advance notice raises flight safety concerns

FILE- This Wednesday Nov. 29 2017 file image provided by the North Korean government on Thursday Nov. 30 2017 shows what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea

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According to the Committee of chiefs of staffs of armed forces of South Korea, the missile launched from the landfill in the North Korean city of Pinson in the province's toll.

Cathay Pacific said the crew of a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong reported seeing what they thought was the missile re-entering Earth's atmosphere on November 29.

The high-tech F-35's sensors could help other missile-defense equipment track and destroy an intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea.

"A Korean Air jet flying to Incheon from San Francisco reported to Japanese controllers that its flight crew saw a flash from what was believed to be the North Korean missile", a Korean Air spokesman told AFP.

Singapore Airlines said its flights don't travel "in the vicinity of the missile trajectory" because of the route change it made to avoid the northern part of the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

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In August, Air France-KLM expanded its no-fly zone around North Korea after a missile test. The decision comes after Pyongyang's continuous missile tests in the Sea of Japan disregarding global opposition.

By revising the National Security Strategy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government would move to bolster Japan's ballistic missile defense, increase collaboration between the Self-Defense Forces and the US military, and highlight the two countries' readiness to deal with contingencies on the Korean Peninsula, the sources said.

Changes to the route between Seoul and Los Angeles have been in place since July.

Federal regulation from 1997 prohibits all USA airlines from flying over the Flight Information Region of Pyongyang.

The U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in October condemned the North's continued unannounced missile launches, urging it to comply with international aviation standards to prevent risks. The chances are "billions to one", aviation safety analyst David Soucie told CNN.

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