- A plane carrying first lady Melania Trump landed safely on Wednesday after a minor malfunction, according to press aboard the flight.
- Reporters said they could see and smell smoke in the cabin roughly 10 minutes after take-off.
- Trump had been en route to visit a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A flight carrying first lady Melania Trump was forced to return to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Wednesday after reports of smoke in the cabin, according to reporters aboard the flight.
The flight landed safely and everyone is ok, Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN.
Regarding this morning’s incident with @FLOTUS plane to Philly, which made an emergency return to @AndrewsAFB minutes after takeoff after smoke entered the cabin, @StephGrisham45 tells, CNN it was a “minor mechanical issue. Everything is fine and everyone is safe.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) October 17, 2018
The press pool reported that they could see a “thin haze of smoke” and a burning scent they noticed roughly 10 minutes after take-off.
Reporters were given wet towels and told to hold them over their faces if the smell became too strong, according to the pool report. One crew member said a “malfunctioning comms unit” became overheated.
Trump was set to visit Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, according to the first lady’s office. She was scheduled to meet with hospital staff and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
It’s unclear if Trump will make another attempt to travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
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