Passenger jet pilot films near-miss with Chinese submarine missile

The moment ‘passenger jet pilot films near-miss with ballistic missile fired from Chinese submarine – minutes after panicking air traffic control told them to get out of the way’

  • Footage said to be from a plane shows what appears to be a Chinese missile test 
  • The Cathay Pacific plane reportedly had to swerve to avoid the missile
  • It is believed to be a JL-3 ballistic missile launched from a from type 094 nuclear submarine as the plane passed over the South China Sea

Video has emerged today purportedly showing a Chinese submarine-launched missile narrowly avoiding a passenger jet flying overhead.

The footage shared on social media appears to be filmed from the cockpit of the passenger jet.

According to Allegiant Air pilot John Carter, a Boeing 777 Cathay Pacific plane was flying over the South China Sea when the aircrew received a call from air traffic control telling them to ‘turn left 90 degrees immediately!’ 

The plane was allegedly flying over the South-China sea when it had to divert course to avoid the missile, believed to be a JL-3 launched from a type 094 nuclear submarine of the Chinese navy.

Experts believe it to be genuine, including submarines and sub-surface systems analyst H. I. Sutton, who said the footage ‘looks credible’.

The video shows what looks like a missile soaring above the clouds moments after rippling up through the ocean and disappearing into the sky. 

A friend & fellow Airline Pilot just sent me this from one of his colleagues at Cathay Pacific. They were over the South China Sea & were issued a last-minute hectic call from ATC: “turn left 90 degrees immediately!!” To their bewilderment, they spotted a SLBM emerging from the sea below their previously intended flight path!! Guessing it’s a PLAN launch with very little regard to Commercial Air Traffic in the area!!

The footage shared on social media appears to be filmed from the cockpit of the passenger jet

The video shows what looks like a missile soaring above the clouds moments after rippling up through the ocean and disappearing into the sky


Experts believe it to be genuine, including submarines and sub-surface systems analyst H. I. Sutton, who said the footage ‘looks credible’

There were no Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) sent out to warn aircraft that a missile launch was scheduled, suggesting that the test may have been intended to be carried out in secret.

The video first emerged on may 24, but the actual date and location of the video’s shooting remain unknown. 

On May 26, China announced it would conduct drills in the South China Sea.

‘Military exercises will be held and entry is prohibited,’ the Maritime Safety administration said in a statement, warning that an area of roughly 100 square kilometers would be closed off to maritime traffic for five hours, according to TheDefencePost.

Another exercise in an area of the sea near Hainan is scheduled for this week.

North Korea fired a suspected short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile from the Sinpo area toward its east coast on May 7, but the site is a long distance away from the South China Sea.

China has become more assertive in the area. Last week, it admitted carrying out a military exercise around Taiwan as a ‘solemn warning’ against its ‘collusion’ with the US. 

China has never renounced the use of force to bring democratically ruled Taiwan under its control, and the Taiwan Strait remains a potential military flashpoint.

File photo: The missile is believed to have been fired from believed to be from a type 094 nuclear submarine of the Chinese navy

While the United States abides by a ‘one China’ policy, recognising only Beijing, it has made a commitment under its Taiwan Relations Act ‘to help provide Taiwan the means to defend itself’.

Despite that, it has long held a policy of not specifying how it might react in the event of a Chinese attack on the island.

China also announced last week that joint aerial exercises were held on Tuesday with Russia over the Sea of Japan, East China Sea and Western Pacific.

The patrol, the first since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was part of an annual military exercise, China’s defence ministry had said on its website on Tuesday.

The US already provides fighter jets and Patriot missiles to Taiwan, but official policy is deliberately ambiguous in keeping with the ‘one China’ policy.

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