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Concorde man faces suspended sentence over Paris crash

Air France Concorde trails fire from its engine shortly before crashing - 25 July 2000
Image caption The crash outside Paris was the only one for a Concorde

French prosecutors are seeking a two-year suspended jail sentence for the ex-head of the Concorde programme Henri Perrier over the July 2000 crash outside Paris.

The prosecution is also seeking a fine of 175,000 euros (£150,00; $220,000) against Continental Airlines in the US.

The Air France Concorde crashed soon after take-off, after hitting a metal strip from a Continental jet that had taken off earlier.

The crash killed 113 people.

Continental Airlines and five individuals are on trial for manslaughter in France.

Mr Perrier, 80, is a former head of the Concorde division at Aerospatiale, now part of the aerospace company EADS.

He was accused at the trial of ignoring warning signs from a string of incidents on Concorde planes before the accident.

He has denied the charges.