Summary Box: Airlines avoiding North Korean rocket

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Posted: Apr 09, 2012 5:44 PM
Summary Box: Airlines avoiding North Korean rocket

THE NEWS: Some Asian airlines plan to change flight paths for several routes to avoid a rocket North Korea is expected to launch in the next week.

THE BACKGROUND: North Korea says it is launching a satellite between Thursday and April 16, depending on weather. It says the satellite will observe crops and natural resources and denies suspicions that the launch is intended to test long-range missile technology.

THE DETAILS: Philippine Airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are changing flight paths, while Philippine officials have declared a no-fly zone and urged ships and fishing boats to avoid northeastern territorial waters where rocket debris may fall.