App tracks prince’s chop­per: re­port

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD - LON­DON

A Bri­tish news­pa­per said it has un­cov­ered a ma­jor royal se­cu­rity breach by us­ing an in­ex­pen­sive app to track Prince Wil­liam’s air res­cue am­bu­lance while it is in the air.

The Mail on Sun­day said the $4.65 app al­lowed it to keep close track of Wil­liam as he flew in his ca­pac­ity as a pri­vate pi­lot with East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance in eastern Eng­land.

It said the app al­lowed its jour­nal­ists to pin­point where Wil­liam was plan­ning to land the air am­bu­lance he­li­copter.

It pub­lished photos ap­pear­ing to show Wil­liam’s he­li­copter land­ing and of the prince him­self talk­ing to col­leagues on the ground.

For a small ex­tra fee, the Mail on Sun­day said, users can re­ceive a text alert ev­ery time the he­li­copter Wil­liam uses takes off on a mis­sion.

Air safety ex­pert Christo­pher Yates told The As­so­ci­ated Press it would be rel­a­tively easy to mod­ify soft­ware so that a he­li­copter Wil­liam was us­ing couldn’t be tracked, but he said such a change may not be war­ranted even though Wil­liam is thought to fly with­out a pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer.

“Most of the time when an air am­bu­lance is called it ap­pears on the scene, scoops some­one up and dis­ap­pears,” he said. “If there were some­one mon­i­tor­ing, the chance of them be­ing there at the scene when he ar­rives is quite re­mote. And we don’t know from one day to the next if he’s go­ing to be on board. So I don’t see a prob­lem.”

Wil­liam’s press of­fice re­fused to com­ment, call­ing it a se­cu­rity mat­ter. The Metropoli­tan Po­lice also re­fused to com­ment.

The prince re­turned to work sev­eral weeks ago af­ter pa­ter­nity leave fol­low­ing the birth of Princess Char­lotte.

AP PHOTO

Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liams and Kate, the Duchess of Cam­bridge visit the Ben Ainslie Rac­ing team base for the Amer­ica’s Cup World Se­ries, in Portsmouth, Eng­land, Sun­day.

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