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Indonesian Police Plane carrying 13 People on board goes Missing, feared Crashed

The M28 Skytruck plane lost contact with air traffic control during what was supposed to be a 1.5 hour flight in western Indonesia

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(Representative Image) Relatives of passengers on the missing Trigana Air Service flight stand in front of its closed offices at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, Aug. 16, 2015. VOA

Jakarta, December 3, 2016: An Indonesian police plane carrying 13 people on board went missing on Saturday on a short domestic flight and is feared crashed, police said.

According to PTI, “The M28 Skytruck plane lost contact with air traffic control during what was supposed to be a 1.5 hour flight in western Indonesia.”

National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told AFP, “Fishermen found clothes, suitcases and air plane seats we fear belong to the plane.”

The plane was on its way from Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung province, to Batam in the Riau Islands.

An earlier police statement said that air traffic control lost contact with the plane at 10:15 am which set off at 9:24 am.

It was carrying five crew and eight passengers.

Indonesia’s search and rescue team have been deployed and also Singapore said it was helping as the incident took place close to the city-state.

Recently, several air disasters took place in Indonesia, and has got a poor aviation safety record.

An Indonesian army helicopter crashed on Borneo island, last week, leaving three crew members dead, and in November, in Papua region a cargo plane crashed leaving four dead.

– prepared by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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NASA Planning to Use Blockchain Technology For Air Traffic Management

The prototype demonstrates how this method can be economically and rapidly deployed in a scalable modular environment, Reisman said

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NASA to use Blockchain technology for air traffic management. Pixabay

US space agency NASA is planning to advance its technology by adding Blockchain to secure air traffic services and support, the media reported.

The agency will work with an open source Blockchain platform called “Hyperledger Fabric” that is specifically designed for enterprise transactions that resemble typical air traffic management interactions, Ronald J. Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at the NASA Ames Research Centre, said in a statement.

Blockchain would address the potential issues of privacy, prevent spoofing, denial of service and other attacks, Reisman said.

He asserted that Blockchain presents an engineering prototype that embodies a design and method that may be applied to mitigate security issues.

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Blockchain would address the potential issues of privacy, prevent spoofing, denial of service and other attacks, Reisman said. Flickr

“The design innovation is the use of an open source permissioned Blockchain framework to enable aircraft privacy and anonymity while providing a secure and efficient method for communication with air traffic services, operations support, or other authorised entities,” he noted.

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The new framework also features certificate authority, smart contract support, and higher-bandwidth communication channels for private information that may be used for secure communication between any specific aircraft and any particular authorised member.

The prototype demonstrates how this method can be economically and rapidly deployed in a scalable modular environment, Reisman said. (IANS)