July 04, 2022

Rare flight through North Korean airspace comes as cruise missiles soar

Airlines seldom fly over the DPRK due to risks from such missile tests and to avoid sanctions complications

A Russian aircraft crossed North Korean airspace on Tuesday morning, a rare and potentially dangerous overflight that occurred around the same time Pyongyang tested two new cruise missiles.

According to multiple flight tracking platforms, an Ilyushin 76 (IL-76) heavy airlift craft flew over North Korea while en route from Shanghai to Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.