Melania Trump Flight Turns Back After Smoke Fills Plane Cabin

Emmett Rice
October 17, 2018

Aides brought the reporters wet towels, instructing them to cover their faces if the smell was too strong.

A plane carrying first lady Melania Trump unexpectedly turned around shortly after taking off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday morning. The plane is reported to have experienced an unspecified 'mechanical issue'.

About 10 minutes into the flight to Philadelphia, a haze of smoke and a burning smell filled the cabin, according to NBC News.

Mrs Trump was travelling to a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to meet with families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb when the incident occurred.

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

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said "everyone is fine and everyone is safe" after the plane returned to Joint Base Andrews.

Mrs Trump recently made her first major solo trip overseas to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. The first lady boarded a separate smaller aircraft soon afterwards and continued forward with her trip.

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