Spain closes airspace and delays 300 flights as Chinese rocket debris plummets to earth

Spain briefly closed part of its airspace on Friday after a massive chunk of a Chinese rocket plummeted to earth.

The Long March 5B (CZ-5B) rocket – which blasted off from China four days ago – started disintegrating as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere this morning.

Fearing that the falling debris posed a threat to flights, Spanish air control shut the airspace over the northeastern region of Catalonia and three other regions.

“Due to the risk associated with the passage of the space object CZ-5B through the Spanish airspace, flights have been totally restricted from 9:38 a.m. to 10:18 a.m. (0838-0918 GMT) in Catalonia and other communities,” Catalonia’s emergency service said on its

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