The Federal Aviation Authority confirmed Tuesday that it temporarily grounded flights across parts of the West Coast after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile.
The missile was estimated to travel more than 435 miles into the Hermit Kingdom’s eastern sea, reaching a maximum altitude of nearly 40 miles at up to 10 times the speed of sound, according to South Korea’s military.
It appeared to be even more advanced than a “hypersonic” one the north launched less than a week ago, sparking international condemnation and a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
News of the launch immediately sparked FAA orders for a ground stop at airports across the West Coast, which is closest to North Korea.
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