EASA to assist with resolving safety issues at Air Algerie

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Air Algerie has presented a corrective action plan to Europe's air safety committee in order to rectify operational deficiencies and avoid the risk of being blacklisted.

Details released by the European Commission - which expressed concern over the carrier in July - state that inspections on Air Algerie's aircraft since September "raise some questions" about the quality of maintenance activities of the airline.

There have also been "persistent" concerns relating to airworthiness, operations and safety of on-board cargo.

But the Commission adds that the Algerian authorities have been committed to a "comprehensive root-cause analysis" of the problems, and that the regulator submitted an action plan on 20 October.

Air Algerie presented a further, enhanced plan to the air safety committee on 10 November and the committee says the airline has been making progress towards resolving deficiencies.

In order to help the carrier, says the Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency is to lead a technical assistance mission in February next year.

Air safety committee representatives are to re-assess Air Algerie at their next meeting.