Some U.S. flights on West Coast grounded amid North Korea’s missile launch

The last North Korean missile test, conducted under the watchful eye of Kim Jong Un, was never a threat to the United States, but right after its launch, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded airline flights at major West Coast airports. – from Seattle to San Diego and from Las Vegas to Honolulu.

Full operations resumed less than 15 minutes later and airlines have not reported any major delays. But there were confused pilots and air traffic controllers.

“Is it a security issue or do we know something?” A pilot in San Diego asked, according to air traffic control audio obtained by CBS News.

“Honestly, I haven’t received any information yet,” replied an air traffic controller. “I have just been informed that we are in a ground stop.”

The North Korean launch was immediately detected by satellites. Within minutes, the North American Air Defense Command inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado determined that it was not a threat to the United States.

“It has nothing like the reach that would be needed to reach the United States. Frankly, it couldn’t even reach Japan,” Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute told CBS News.

The North Korean tests are still of concern, but so far they have not caused the immobilization of airliners. Military officials told CBS News there was no need for a grounding. The FAA said it was reviewing its procedures.

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