A view of the newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15's test was successfully launched is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 30, 2017.
7 The company said they witnessed "a sighting of what is suspected to be the re-entry of the recent DPRK [North Korea] test missile", the Guardian reports. The missile soared to a height of 2,800 miles, ten times higher than the global space station, and then came nearly straight down.
Cathay Pacific said the ICBM test didn't come close to the aircraft and it now has no plans to alter operations.
Despite coming close enough to see the missile's reentry, Cathay Pacific told the BBC that there are no plans to change flight patterns at this time.
A Japanese daily reported Tuesday that Japan will overhaul its missile intercept system starting next year to cope with advancements in North Korea's weapons technology such as faster-descending missiles launched at steeper trajectories.
North Korea's Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile reached an altitude of about 4,475 km (2,780 miles) during its 53-minute flight.
A plane takes off near the control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.
After last week's launch, the rogue state boasted that the weapon was capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.
"Though the flight was far from the event location, the crew advised Japan [air traffic control] according to procedures".
"We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves", the statement said.
Since the North Korea regime does not announce its missiles tests and does not have access to worldwide civil aviation data, the launches come without warning for commercial airliners and pose a potential risk to planes, the BBC News noted.
"Coupled with the rogue regime's need to master missile guidance and targeting, the re-entry failure underscores the challenges facing the country's weapons program, according to the official".
Defense Secretary James Mattis said he still had confidence in diplomatic efforts to address the North Korea situation, but that the US also has military options available.