A man watches a local news program showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch. Photo: Lee Jin-man / AP
The crew on a Hong Kong-bound flight said they saw North Korea's latest missile test blow up over the Sea of Japan last week. Korean Air pilots on separate flights from California to Seoul also reported seeing flashes of light believed to be the missile while flying over Japan.
Get smart: Experts told AP that it's unlikely a missile test would hit a civilian airliner. Vipin Narang, an expert on nuclear strategy at MIT, said North Korea likely selects splashdown points for each test to avoid airline routes.