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Singapore Airlines Decides to Reroute Flights as Measure against N. Korea Missiles

Singapore Airlines Decides to Reroute Flights as Measure against N. Korea Missiles

It hadn't previously announced the change.

The news comes after crew from two other Asian airlines-Cathay Pacific and Korean Air-reported seeing what they believed was a ballistic missile while they were in the sky on November 29.

"A Korean Air jet flying to Incheon from San Francisco reported to Japanese controllers that its flight crew saw a flash from what was believed to be the North Korean missile", a Korean Air spokesman said.

Pyongyang reported that its latest missile flew as high as 2,800 miles.

Pictures of North Korea's missile test launch that were released by the country last week may have been tampered with by the regime, a scientist alleged Tuesday. Korean Air hasn't specified how close its flight was to the missile. "At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", Cathay said.

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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.

Singapore Airlines officials made the decision after an Air France plane glided just east of an area where a North Korean missile had flown just minutes earlier in July.

North Korea routinely fails to follow that rule and has ignored several letters from the ICAO urging it to inform airline officials of its plan to launch missiles.

While the UN's Civil Aviation Organization mandates that nations must issue warnings whenever they take an action that could threaten commercial flights traveling through their airspace, South Korea has said North Korea often neglects to do so, according to CNN. Prior to last week's ballistic missile launch, the USA spotted North Korea's military making preparations. Such notices are issued to warn pilots and airlines of potential risks during their flights.

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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