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Air France expands no-fly zone around North Korea

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Paris, Aug 4: As a precautionary measure, the Air France has expanded its no-flyover zone around North Korea after one of its aircraft flew past the location where a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) landed after 10 minutes later.

On Thursday, the French flag carrier said the move was being taken as a “precautionary measure” after a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) splashed down near the route being taken by Air France flight 293 from Tokyo to Paris on July 28, reports CNN.

“The information available to Air France at this stage indicates that the missile could have fallen into the sea at more than 100 km from the airplane’s trajectory. Even if this distance was proven, it would not question the safety of the flight,” airline spokesman Cedric Landais stated.

The Air France’s flight was carrying 332 people on board, passed just east of where the ICBM fell down in the Sea of Japan roughly five to 10 minutes prior to the missile impacting the water.

As per a flight data, At the time of the splashdown, the Air France flight was around  60 to 70 miles north of where the missile landed.

In a statement on Thursday, Air France reiterated that the flight was “operated in accordance with the flight plan and without any reported incident”.

“At this stage, as a precautionary measure, the company has decided to expand the non-flyover area around North Korea, a country that it does not overfly”.

“constantly analyses potentially dangerous flyover zones and adapts its flight plans accordingly”, the statement further stated.

Wefornews Bureau

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