Official says it wasn’t a national ground stop, but may have been issued from a regional air traffic control facility.
According to Captain Pamela Kunze (chief NORAD spokesperson), “No warning was issued NORADHQ” regarding a possible threat to the US.
Federal Aviation Administration was responsible for controlling the nation’s air traffic control system. They stated that the ground stop was to be safe.
The FAA released a statement saying that “as a precaution, the FAA temporarily suspended departures at certain airports along West Coast on Monday evening.” “Full operations were resumed in less that 15 minutes. The FAA routinely takes precautionary measures. As we do after any such events, we are currently reviewing the ground stop process.”
According to NORAD’s spokeswoman, the normal sequence that follows a missile launch was observed. It was not considered a threat to the United States. FAA has a regular liaison with NORAD operations center. This would have allowed them to quickly assess the situation.
LiveATC recordings of Burbank Airport, California’s air traffic control records show a controller telling Southwest flights that there are ground stops at all departures and all airports. It’s not until further notice, the message we received was.
Another recording of Hillsboro’s tower frequency shows the controller telling the Cessna pilot how to land. He said, “We just received a notice that it is necessary to perform a national groundstop.”
CNN spoke with a spokesperson for San Diego International Airport, who said that the airport was instructed by Air Traffic Control to make a national ground-stop shortly after. [5-7 minutes]Our operations team was informed that it had been lifted.”
CNN also reached out to other West Coast airports and found that they did not know about the order.
The ground stop was ordered because the US Forces Korea stated that the test did not pose a threat to US territory or South Korean military personnel. However, “the missile launch highlights (North Korea’s illicit weapons program’s) destabilizing effects.”
North Korea performed what is believed was a ballistic-missile test Tuesday at 07:27 (ET Monday)
US Strategic Command uses radar and satellites to track all missile launches around the globe. They can quickly assess if a launch is a threat to America.
Officials have said that North Korea does not have a reliable long range missile capable of reaching the West Coast. However, North Korea has continued to work on its long-range ballistic missile program.