Passengers evacuated from smoky airliner after landing at LaGuardia from Dallas

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Passengers were evacuated from an American Airlines flight Saturday after smoke filtered into the cockpit and cabin while the arriving plane was taxiing at LaGuardia Airport, the Port Authority said.

Five of the plane's 74 passengers suffered minor injuries, said Port Authority spokesman Allen Morrison.

Flight 710 had just arrived on a flight from Dallas, Morrison said. The MD-80 also carried a crew of six.

He said the plane landed without incident and was headed to the terminal gate when hydraulic fluid apparently leaked and dripped onto a power unit, producing the smoke that was carried into the plane.

Rather than continue to the gate, the pilot deployed the plane's emergency chutes and evacuated the passengers, he said.

The aircraft was taken out of service for review and repairs, said John Hotard, a spokesman for American Airlines.

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