Japanese Air Force One`s flight path published online
Japan`s security-conscious government admitted Thursday that details about the flight path and exact location of the prime minister`s plane had been posted on the Internet for anyone to see.
Tokyo: Japan`s security-conscious government admitted Thursday that details about the flight path and exact location of the prime minister`s plane had been posted on the Internet for anyone to see.
In a breach the Defence Ministry hurried to fix, Flightradar 24 -- a website and mobile app that enables users to track air traffic around the world -- had been carrying details of Shinzo Abe`s official flights as he travelled abroad.
Using the application, which processes data sent from aircraft, anyone on a smartphone or computer was able to see where Japan`s official planes -- which carry the premier as well as the emperor and empress -- was going.
The Defence Ministry, which is in charge of the official planes, does not normally disclose details of such flights for security concerns.
But Japan`s biggest-selling daily, the Yomiuri Shimbun, noted the realtime coordinates and altitude of Japanese Air Force One and Two -- the two planes always fly together -- were available online.
"The ministry asked the company to make the change on August 8 and confirmed the firm took action on August 27," a ministry spokesman told AFP.
"We don`t consider it would have seriously affected the safety of official flights, but it was not preferable that undisclosed information was made openly available to the public," he added.