How high can a missile reach?
Aviation history is littered with civilian planes that were shot from the sky, intentionally or not, by military weapons. Malaysia Flight 17 was cruising at 33,000 feet, more than half a mile higher than Mt. Everest, when a missile hit it July 17. And the missile's range is believed to be more than twice that high.
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SOURCE: FLIGHT international magazine, U.S. Defense Department, Aviation Safety Network, Reuters, Los Angeles Times and news reports.