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December 09, 1987|DEBORAH CAULFIELD | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Comedian Jay Leno didn't know while taping his "Tonight Show" monologue for Monday night's broadcast that his gags about a USAir Boeing 737 dropping an engine in Philadelphia on Saturday would air right after KNBC-TV Channel 4's extended news broadcast on Monday's crash of a PSA commuter plane. USAir is the parent company of PSA. "A woman from (NBC) Standards and Practices came in when we were three-quarters of the way through taping to say there had been a crash," said Leno's manager and attorney Jerrold Kushnik, who added that Leno was not told of the crash until taping was over. "There was nothing we could do." Following a half-hour of discussion with Leno and "Tonight Show" personnel, NBC decided to air the monologue but scrambled the name "USAir."

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