Pukchang Airport

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Pukch'ang Airport
Airport type Military
Serves Pukchang, North Korea
Elevation AMSL 217 ft / 66 m
Coordinates 39°30′15.90″N 125°57′51.60″E / 39.5044167°N 125.9643333°E / 39.5044167; 125.9643333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,150 2,484 Concrete

Pukchang Airport is an airport in Pyongan-namdo, North Korea. It serves as the military airfield for the nearby city of Sunchon.


The airfield has a single concrete runway 14/32 measuring 8150 x 164 feet (2484 x 50 m),[1] it has several aprons and taxiway leading to both revetments and underground aircraft storage. It is home to a fighter regiment of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 jets.[2]

Missile testing[edit]

The airfield was used to test-launch a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile on April 28, 2017, with the missile subsequently crashing into Chongsin-dong, Tokchon.[3]


  1. ^ Landings database page "Landings.Com", accessed 24 Aug 2010
  2. ^ GlobalSecurity.org "Air Bases - North Korea", accessed 25 Aug 2010
  3. ^ Panda, Ankit; Schmerler, Dave (January 3, 2018). "When a North Korean Missile Accidentally Hit a North Korean City". The Diplomat. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018. On April 28, 2017, North Korea launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province (the Korean People’s Army’s Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 in Ryongak-dong, Sunchon City, to be more precise). That missile failed shortly after launch and crashed in the Chongsin-dong, in North Korean city of Tokchon, causing considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings.