The Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, as seen in an unverified image provided by the North Korean regime. (Korean Central News Agency / Korea News Service / AP)
A crew of a commercial airline witnessed the flight of a huge North Korean missile believed to be capable of reaching Washington, DC, authorities confirmed on Monday. Cathay Pacific.
Advised, we witnessed how the DPRK missile exploded and collapsed near our current location, "the crew of Cathay Pacific flight 893 reported Wednesday, according to a message from the company obtained by the South China Morning Post. The company referred to North Korea with the abbreviation of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
On Monday, the company said in a statement that the flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong was "far from the location". of the event. "" And it continued to fly normally after the missile re-entered the atmosphere.
The airline said it does not plan to change its flight routes, even as North Korea seems to try to test technologically advanced missiles while exchanging threats with the United States about a possible nuclear conflict.
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The launch of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile was the most recent, and the longest and farthest flight in tests conducted by North Korea this year.
Launched just before 3 am Wednesday, as The Washington Post previously reported, from a huge truck whose tires were almost as tall as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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He flew for almost an hour on a vertical trajectory that took it 2,800 miles above Earth, a boost that North Korea and international experts say could have taken it to the east coast if the angle of the missile was adjusted.
North Korea says the new Hwasong-15 can carry a heavy warhead, although badysts say that the tested one had an extremely light weight that allowed it to fly further. And the country has a lot of work to do before it can, as it has threatened, land a nuclear warhead in the United States.
On November 29, North Korea said it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching any part of the continental United States. (KRT)
The missile tested on Wednesday crashed in the waters off Japan, 620 miles from the launch site in North Korea.
That's when the crew of Cathay Pacific Flight 893 "reported a sighting of suspected re-entry of the DPRK's recent test missile," the airline said in its statement.
Pilots of two Korean Air planes reported seeing flashes in the sky that were believed to be from the same missile, according to ABC News.
The statement from Cathay Pacific said the company is communicating with other airlines and authorities about the encounter, but has no plans to alter its flight routes.
The airline says it has no video of the missile, according to CNN.
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