Singapore Airlines reroutes flights to avoid N Korean missiles

The launch of the Hwasong-15 the missile North Korea tested last Wednesday

"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan [air traffic control] according to procedures". For the time being, there are no planned changes to existing Cathay Pacific routes.

Last week, the North Korean regime tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - the first such test in over two months - that could potentially reach any city within the U.S. The regime praised the missiles as its "most powerful". Most media outlets have adopted North Korea's preferred "Hwasong-15" designation for the system, noting that it's definitely much larger and seems capable of significantly longer flight times than its predecessor.

Korean Air said it was unclear how far the apparent missile re-entry was from its own planes, whose flights originated in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Singapore Airlines has rerouted few of its flights to avoid the North Korean missiles, as a precautionary measure. While the intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, that North Korea has recently tested are not meant for use against aircraft, they could still pose a risk to planes.

The Hwasong-15's missile test zone and CX893 flight path
Cathay Pacific reports sighting of North Korea's missile test last week

"We have been in contact with relevant authorities and industry bodies as well as with other carriers". Despite the missile being close enough to be seen by the pilots, the airline is not planning to change its flying routes at the moment.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (L) and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speak to the press about the situation in North Korea at the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 3, 2017.

Airline pilots from three aircrafts saw the North Korean missile that was sacked last week re-enter Earth's atmosphere and break up, according to the BBC News.

A Japanese daily reported Tuesday that Japan will overhaul its missile intercept system starting next year to cope with advancements in North Korea's weapons technology such as faster-descending missiles launched at steeper trajectories.

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United States carriers have always been banned from flying over most of North Korea because of the risk of planes being targeted by the North's military.

"Singapore Airlines is aware of the reports on the sighting of the North Korean missiles and is closely monitoring the situation", a spokesperson said.

If the missiles are expected to strike Japan, land- and ship-based interceptors are ordered to shoot them down.

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