First Lady’s Plane Turned Around After ‘Minor Mechanical Issue’

Melania Trump at the White House./FILE

Melania Trump's Philadelphia-bound plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning after a "mechanical issue" caused smoke to waft though the cabin, according to reports.

According to the press pool traveling with Trump, about 10 minutes after the plane took off, reporters could see a thin haze of smoke and the smell of something burning.

The smell was reportedly coming from "a malfunctioning comms unit" on board. A source described it as a "minor technical issue" and that the first lady was "fine".

"Smell and smoke have since dissipated".

Mrs Trump had been due to visit Philly's Jefferson Hospital to meet babies born addicted to opioids.

Melania Trump was headed to Philadelphia.

The airplane returned to Joint Base Andrews, an air force facility used by the White House outside Washington, DC. A member of the crew handed out damp washcloths for passengers to put over their mouths, and Secret Service agents rushed to the front of the plane.

Mrs. Trump's trip is being evaluated, but she is expected to continue her travels today.

The First Lady's visit is part of her "Be Best" campaign, which focuses on major issues affecting children.



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