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erienewsnow.com 11 Jan, 2022 16:00 am

US grounded planes after NORAD alerted a North Korean missile launch, official says - Erie News Now

US grounded planes after NORAD alerted a North Korean missile launch, official says - Erie News Now
By Oren Liebermann, Pete Muntean and Barbara Starr, CNN Business

The official says it was not a national ground stop and may have been issued by a regional air traffic control facility.The Federal Aviation Administration, responsible for the nation's air traffic control system, and NORAD have not responded to CNN's multiple requests for comment on why some pilots were ordered to land and prevented from taking off from multiple West Coast airports on Monday afternoon, citing a "national ground stop." Another recording of the control tower frequency in Hillsboro, Oregon, captures the controller telling the pilot of a Cessna to land, saying "we just got a notice that we need to do a national ground stop." A spokesperson for the San Diego International Airport told CNN the airport "was instructed by Air Traffic Control that there was a national ground stop but shortly after [5-7 minutes] our operations team was told it was lifted.

It is not clear why the ground stop was put in place because a statement from US Forces Korea said the test posed no threat to US or South Korean territory or military personnel, but "the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of (North Korea's) illicit weapons program." North Korea conducted what is thought to be a ballistic missile test around 07:27 am local time Tuesday (5:27pm ET Monday), the missile was launched form inland and traveled east and falling into the sea.

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