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Airlines Are Rerouting Flights to Avoid North Korean Missiles

08 December 2017

Airlines operating routes between Korea and the U.S. are changing flight paths to avoid areas that may be exposed to missile launches from North Korea.

Singapore Airlines, in response to North Korea's July launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, changed its route for flights between Incheon, South Korea and Los Angeles, Calif.

The company confirmed to the that crew witnessed "what is suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile into the earth's atmosphere.

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North Korea often lobs its missiles into the East Sea.

The North Korean missile was sacked very high up, reaching an altitude of 4,475 kilometers (2,780 miles) before falling back into the Sea of Japan about 950 kilometers (600 miles) from where it was launched.

The Hong Kong based airline sent out a staff note earlier this week sharing the communications from the cockpit, with the crew saying "we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location".

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"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. While North Korea has claimed that their new weapon has put all parts of the United States within reach of a devastating strike, USA officials say the latest test was a failure since the missile broke apart on re-entry as the airliner witnessed.

Two other Asian airlines, Cathay Pacific and Korean Air, reported that their pilots saw the November 29 missile test from the cockpit, however neither airline will change their "routes or operating parameters" at this time. The chances are "billions to one", aviation safety analyst David Soucie told CNN.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.

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Airlines Are Rerouting Flights to Avoid North Korean Missiles