Air France expands no-fly zone around North Korea after missile scare
Hong Kong (CNN) Air France will expand its non-return area beyond North Korea after the recent missile test has crossed the flight path of an aircraft.
The airline said the move was seen as a “precautionary measure” after a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) spewed near the route followed by Air France Flight 293 from Tokyo in Paris 28th July.
“The information available to Air France at this stage indicates that the missile could fall into the sea more than one hundred kilometers (62 miles) from the aircraft’s path. Flight, “said spokesman Cédric Landais.
CNN reported this week that the Air France flight, which had 332 people aboard, passed just east of where the ICBM sank into the Sea of Japan about five to ten minutes before the missile reaches the water.
When splashing the Air France flight was about 60 to 70 miles north of where the missile fell, according to a data theft review.
In a statement Thursday, Air France has reiterated that the flight was “operated in accordance with the flight plan and without reported incidents.”
“At this point, as a precautionary measure, the company decided to expand the no-return zone around North Korea, a country that does not survive.”
The airline also said that it “constantly monitors potentially dangerous air exclusion zones and adjusts its flight plans accordingly.”
The lack of transparency
While the Air France aircraft was not in immediate danger of the missiles, analysts expressed concern about North Korea expanding its range of tests near the flight paths in Japanese waters, because Pyongyang offers no warnings about its advanced plans.
Speaking to CNN on Wednesday, US Defense Department spokesman Jeff Davis said “responsible nations” must give notice before conducting missile tests, adding that they do not endanger aircraft, ships And spacecraft.
“Irresponsible nations take these things without notice,” he said.
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In accordance with the guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations body charged with governing aviation safety and other matters, States have the responsibility to publish the notification of any threat of security to civil aircraft that Operate in their airspace.
“These threats may include, without limitation, war, ash clouds due to volcanic eruptions, (and) missile testing and rocket launch,” state guidelines.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said it had issued a warning to all ships and aircraft operating in its exclusive economic zone eight minutes after the launch of the North Korea missile.
Air France confirmed that it had received the warning, but the message “No indication or instruction has been specified that requires an operational action by the airline.
Two announcements to the airmen were published, but they were not transmitted to the crew since “the event had already occurred when they were sent by the Japanese authorities,” the airline said.