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August 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Air France-KLM is changing its flight paths near North Korea after the rogue regime there fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which slammed into the sea 10 minutes after one of the airline’s B777s flew past the same spot.

Air France flight 293, a B777-300ER, was carrying 323 people from Tokyo to Paris on Friday 28 July 2017 when the missile splashed down. Future flights will take up to 30 minutes longer, reflecting new flight paths.

The existing flight path crosses South Korea and flies near the North Korean border before heading across the Yellow Sea and over China to Europe.

North Korea’s latest ICBM was launched about 10 minutes’ flight time away from the Air France jet, according to flight data provided by Japan.

“In cooperation with the authorities, Air France constantly analyses potentially dangerous flyover zones and adapts its flight plans accordingly,” the airline said.

The expansion of the no-fly zone could make the flights 10 minutes to 30 minutes longer, depending on direction.

Unlike the US, which issues warnings to airlines and shipping before conducting missile tests, North Korea just fires without warning.  Its latest missile plunged into the waves in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, busy with commercial and fishing vessels and overflown by many aircraft.

Written by Peter Needham

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