Libyan carriers' pilots to undergo safety assessment

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Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways are to undergo a safety assessment conducted by Lufthansa Consulting, which will include an in-depth examination of its pilot training.

Lufthansa Consulting says that a team of six will "identify the areas for possible improvement" in Tripoli and provide a "safety and quality upgrade concept" to the carriers.

The assessment comes after the loss, in May, of an Afriqiyah Airbus A330 during an attempt to land at the Libyan capital.

Lufthansa Consulting says part of its programme includes a computer-based theory test and simulator assessment for the airlines' 270 captains and first officers.

Each pilot will be evaluated to "identify development potential", it says. The programme will run for three months alongside the regular training regime.

Lufthansa Consulting will perform the work at flight simulator facilities in Central Europe and northern Africa, adding that it will give the airlines "the chance to upgrade the complete flight deck crew to ensure consistent highest safety standards".

Both airlines belong to the state-run Libyan African Aviation Holding Company and are destined to be merged.