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Singapore Airlines reroutes flights over North Korean missile threat

Singapore Airlines reroutes flights over North Korean missile threat

North Korea's missile launch reached a height of 2,780 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan.

As a safety precaution in response to North Korea's unpredictable missile launches, Singapore's flagship airline made the very apt decision to change its flight routes that could potentially pass over the test areas.

An airline spokesperson told CNNMoney on Wednesday that it had rerouted daily flights between the South Korean capital, Seoul, and Los Angeles after Pyongyang test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in July. It hadn't previously announced the changes before this week.

Cathay Pacific said the crew of a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong reported seeing what they thought was the missile re-entering Earth's atmosphere on November 29.

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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Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said earlier this week.

North Korea launched an ICBM last week that was witnessed by a passenger plane's flight crew.

The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization states that nations have a "responsibility to issue risk advisories regarding any threats to the safety of civilian aircraft operating in their airspace". One of the missiles just missed hitting an Air France plane flying from Tokyo to Paris, France 24 reported.

The missile was far from the plane, and the plane's operation was unaffected, Cathay said, adding it had informed other carriers and relevant authorities.

Travelers who are concerned should know the chances of an airplane colliding with a missile are extremely low: One safety analyst estimates that it is less than a billion to one.

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