First lady’s plane lands safely after mechanical issue

Smoke forces first lady Melania Trump’s plane to turn around en route to Philadelphia

Smoke began to fill the plane, and journalists on board reported a burning smell growing stronger.

US first lady Melania Trump's airplane returned to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after experiencing a "mechanical issue" on Wednesday, according to a CNN report.

The plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base after diverting back due to a "mechanical issue". A source described it as a "minor technical issue" and that the first lady was "fine".

The entourage held wet towels over their faces until the plane touched down safely at the military base. Secret Service agents headed toward the front of the plane.

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The reports say a thin haze of smoke could be seen and there was a smell of burning.

A crew member is quoted by USA media as saying a "malfunctioning comms unit that had overheated" was the cause of the issue, but the White House has not confirmed this.

The First Lady was traveling to Philadelphia to visit families of children affected by exposure to opioids in the womb and a neonatal intensive care nursery. The First Lady boarded another plane a little before 10 A.M. EST.

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