(ORDO NEWS) — Filipino officials warned of potential danger to aircraft and ships from debris from China’s new Long March 7A missile that could fall into northern Philippine waters.
The Philippine Space Agency said a Chinese Long March 7A rocket was launched on Tuesday evening from the Wenchang Space Center on Hainan Island.
The agency has notified Philippine authorities of a potential hazard in two offshore areas where debris could fall.
The possible drop zones are 71 kilometers from the city of Burgos in the province of Ilocos Norte and 52 kilometers from the city of Santa Ana in the province of Cagayan.
The space agency relayed the information, citing a notice to pilots issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Parts of a rocket that are separated before going into space should fall back into the sea less than an hour after the rocket is launched, Philippine Space Agency spokeswoman Tricia Zafra said.
The Philippine Civil Aviation Authority on Wednesday alerted pilots to the potential danger posed by debris in two northern Philippine maritime areas.
“While the wreckage of Long March 7A is unlikely to hit ground objects or population centers within the Philippines, it still poses a significant threat to ships, aircraft and fishing boats that will pass through the fall zones,” the Philippine Space Agency said in a statement. published on Tuesday.
The Manila space agency said it is working with the Foreign Office to get the Philippines to ratify two UN treaties, including one that addresses the issue of state liability for damage or injury resulting from the launch of objects such as satellites into space.
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