Asia Minute: North Korean Missiles and Civilian Airlines

08 December, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Katrina Soto
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Korean carrier Asiana Airlines also changed flight paths on some of its routes between Korea and the USA in 2010 in order to avoid the risk of being hit by an unexpected missile.

While tensions around the world about the possibility of the escalation of conflict in the Korean peninsula is pretty widespread, the ongoing missile tests by the North Korea regime is even more worrying for carriers conducting service across the North Pacific region. Korean Air hasn't specified how close its flight was to the missile.

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

Singapore Airlines has reportedly changed the route its planes fly between Asia and the United States because it feared its fleet would be struck by a North Korean missile.

Singapore Airlines has changed the path of its Seoul-Los Angeles flights after a recent North Korean missile test.

"At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", the Hong Kong-based airline said in a statement.

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The test-launch raised tension further with South Korea and the U.S., who on Monday began their largest ever joint air exercise, which the North has branded an "all-out provocation".

North Korea, which is a member nation of the International Civil Aviation Organization, is required to provide advance notice of any activity that may pose a threat to the safety of civilian aircraft.

Federal regulation from 1997 prohibits all US airlines from flying over the Flight Information Region of Pyongyang.

Crew and pilots from Cathay Pacific and Korean Air said they saw a North Korean missile during flights on November 29.

The chances of one of Kim's missiles actually hitting a civilian plane is very low, experts said.

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