Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Singapore Airlines Decides to Reroute Flights as Measure against N. Korea Missiles

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Kenny Thornton | 07 December, 2017, 19:36

Since July, Singapore Airlines has altered the route of its daily flights between the South Korean capital of Seoul and Los Angeles because of North Korean missile tests.

At the latest launch on November 29, flight crews on planes run by airlines such as Korean Air and Cathay Pacific reported sightings of missile activity while in the air.

North Korea's attempts to develop an ICBM to carry a nuclear warhead to strike the American mainland have put commercial airlines operating in the busy East Asian airspace on alert, even though the chances of a plane colliding with a missile are miniscule.

The carrier said its planes now don't enter "the vicinity of the missile trajectory", because it changed the route to avoid the northern part of the Sea of Japan, which sits between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

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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. The report came about one hour after the missile was launched from a site north of Pyongyang, Yonhap reported.

North Korea has tested an Intercontinental ballistic missile, which posed no threat to the United States and its allies, said the Pentagon.

"We do take the matter seriously and are monitoring the situation very closely and will reroute our flight paths where necessary", a Cathay Pacific spokesperson added.

The ICBM was sacked on a lofted trajectory rather than a minimum energy trajectory, putting more structural stress on the missile's re-entry vehicle but reducing the duration and intensity of temperature-based stresses. Air France also announced at the time that it had expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea, after one of its planes flew past the location where an ICBM splashed down 10 minutes later.

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