An engine caught fire on a USAir jetliner just before departure for Boston, forcing passengers of the northeast shuttle to evacuate by chute and closing La Guardia Airport for about 90 minutes Tuesday morning.

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None of the 44 passengers or seven crew members aboard Flight 1170, a Boeing 727, was injured in the 6:45 a.m. mishap, said Paul Laude, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

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