FAA briefly halted some US West Coast flights around time of N. Korea launch

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday said it briefly halted departures at some West Coast airports on Monday around the time of reports that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

A US official told Reuters the FAA paused some West Coast operations for less than 15 minutes “due to initial reports of events in the Indo-Pacific region,” without directly tying it to the missile launch. Earlier on Tuesday, the United States condemned North Korea for a ballistic missile launch, saying it violates multiple UN Security Council resolutions and poses a threat to its neighbors and the world.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) did not issue any warning following the launch, a spokesperson said.

The US Indo-Pacific Command assessed the launch did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or territory, or US allies.

The ground stop occurred around 2:30 pm Pacific Time, according to published reports and live air traffic control communications.

The FAA added Tuesday it “regularly takes precautionary measures. We are reviewing the process around this ground stop as we do after all such events.”

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