The last ICBM launch of North Korea late last month, which saw a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile slide some 950 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan, has apparently raised concerns of a party that has nothing What to do with military affairs or geopolitics: Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific.
As a precautionary measure, the airline will begin providing satellite phones for crews on its flights to South Korea, the United States and Canada, after an internal memo leaked by Cathay operations director Mark Hoey confirmed that the persecutors on one of their flights, CX893 from San Francisco to Hong Kong, saw with their own eyes a missile-like object that exploded and disintegrated over the Sea of Japan near Hokkaido in the early hours of last Wednesday.  The flight was not interrupted and the plane landed at the Hong Kong International Airport as scheduled.
Another Cathay flight, the CX096 freight carrier en route from Los Angeles via Anchorage to Hong Kong, could have been even closer to the route of the last Pyongyang ICBM on the same day.
"Looking at the actual plots, CX096 may have been the closest, a few hundred miles laterally," Hoey wrote.
The internal memo filtered by Cathay's director of operations, Mark Hoey.
Several newspapers in Hong Kong reported Monday that satellite phones, among others, have been badigned to crews operating flights to and from South Korea in the event that normal communication becomes dysfunctional within the Information Region. If there is an attack from the north, the Cathay pilots can contact the airline's headquarters in Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific & # 39; s Northeast Asia and global networks. Your flights to North America may be vulnerable to missile threats when you are near North Korea.
As one of the largest international airlines in Asia, Cathay also maintains a busy North American network that covers major centers in the US. UU And Canada, with 30-40 North Pbadenger and cargo flights bound for America that sail the routes that could be interrupted by missiles from North Korea, particularly on Hokkaido and the Sea of Japan.
Satellite phones can also be part of the contingency plan for these flights, according to Apple Daily.
Cathay Pacific. Photo: Reuters
Currently the airline does not intend to change the routes, but has been in contact with the One World alliance of which it is a member, as well as with the civil aviation authorities of Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.  Hong Kong lawmaker Jeremy Tam, who used to be a pilot of Cathay, told reporters that almost no pbadenger aircraft are equipped with military radar and are therefore susceptible to missile threats, if a country that shoots missile does not comply with the standard procedure of previously enacting a no-fly zone.
A pbadenger plane has a chance of "small" flight if attacked by a missile, as seen in multiple previous incidents, including flight 17 of Malaysia Airlines, which was shot down by air surface missiles en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in 2014, as well as a Korean Airlines aircraft that was shot down by a Soviet fighter after it deviated from its original route in 1983.
Responding to questions from the media, a Cathay spokesman He stressed that flight CX893 was "very far" from the missile on Wednesday.
Cathay is considered one of the safest airlines in the world by several aviation badociations.
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