N Korea missile ‘as close as 100km’ to Air France flight

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, August 4: An Air France plane carrying more than 330 passengers may have come as close as 100km (62 miles) to a intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea, officials say.

The flight passed the spot where the missile landed about 10 minutes later.

Air France says its plane was not in danger but that it is extending its no-fly zone around North Korea as a precaution.

The Pentagon says the missile flew through busy airspace.

US officials have frequently warned of the dangers posed by missiles to commercial aircraft in the area.

The flight path of the Boeing 777 shows that it was west of Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, as the North Korean missile was in the air.

Japanese and US estimates say the missile came down as close as 100km to 150km to the airliner.

“It flew into space. It landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, an area that’s used by commercial and fishing vessels,” Pentagon spokesman Capt Jeff Davis said.

“All of this completely uncoordinated.”

Source: Agencies

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