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What plane crew did when a missile streaked down

December 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The crew of a Cathay Pacific flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong saw something rather alarming the other day – a large North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) streaking back into the earth’s atmosphere.

The crew did the only thing they could do – make a note of it and file a report. Experts say the chance of a plane colliding with an incoming missile or rocket is infinitesimal – far less likely than winning Lotto.

Cathay said it had contacted relevant authorities, industry bodies and other airlines about the extraordinary sight. The crew of Cathay Pacific flight 893 had apparently sighted the largest missile type in North Korea’s arsenal – the Hwasong-15 – re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. It is not known whether any passengers saw the missile.

The airline says it has no plans to change flight routes.

“Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan ATC (Air Traffic Control) according to procedures. Operation remained normal and was not affected,” Cathay said in a statement quoted by CNN.

“We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves.”

North Korean Hawasong-15 ICBM

North Korea fired the biggest and most powerful missile in its arsenal last Wednesday as its war of words with US President Donald Trump continues.

North Korea said the missile flew 4475 kilometres in 53 minutes before splashing down in waters off the coast of Japan.

On 28 July 2017, an Air France flight passed near the splashdown site of a North Korean missile test, about five to 10 minutes before the missile hit the water. See: Ballistic missile landed in flight path of full jet

Air France-KLM changed its flight paths near North Korea after the rogue regime’s action in July. Other airlines are steering well clear of North Korea as well, as can be seen by FlightTracker and similar apps.

The chance of a plane colliding with an incoming missile is similar to the chance of a plane being hit by a meteor or an incoming piece of space junk. Namely, very, very slight.

Written by Peter Needham

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