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  • Cathay crew saw N Korea missile
        Date:2017-12-05 

    Cathay Pacific said yesterday that a member of a flight crew on board CX893 spotted what is believed to be the missile fired by North Korea last week as its plane flew between Hong Kong and San Francisco.

    The North fired an intercontinental ballistic missile believed capable of hitting the US mainland last Wednesday.

    A statement from Cathay said a flight crew had that day sighted "what is suspected to be the re-entry of the recent DPRK test missile."

    Cathay did not give the location of the flight at the time but its crew had notified Japanese air traffic control "according to procedures."

    Operations had continued as normal, the statement added.

    Pyongyang said the missile reached an altitude of 4,475 km and splashed down 950 km from its launch site.

    It also claimed the Hwasong-15 missile fired could be tipped with a "super-large heavy warhead" capable of striking the whole US mainland.

    Cathay said there was no current plan to change air routes, describing the flight as being "far from the event location."

    "We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves," it added.

    Analysts remain unconvinced that North Korea has mastered the advanced technology to allow the rocket to survive re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

    The months-long nuclear standoff between North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un and US president Donald Trump has fuelled concerns of another conflict, after the 1950-53 Korean War left much of the peninsula in ruin.



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