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The breath-taking moment that an anti-ballistic missile was launched into the night sky has been caught on camera by a stunned pilot, who described it as a 'once in a lifetime event'.
Dutch Pilot Christiaan van Heijst, 34, cannot resist pulling his camera out whenever possible in the cockpit of a Boeing 747-8 Freighter.
He took these breath-taking photos during a flight from Hong Kong to Baku in Azerbaijan on Sunday on an airway heading over the Himalayas.
The plane was flying at 32,100ft roughly one hour after the sun had set below the horizon when an alarming bright blast erupted.
'We knew certain parts of the Chinese airspace north and south of our route were closed but no details were given to us and we were not informed there was supposed to be missile launch so the event took us by surprise.
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originally posted by: WUNK22
All ready posted yesterday
originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: LogicalGraphitti
I S&F it last week and was suprised no one jumped in.