First lady’s plane lands safely after ‘mechanical issue’

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

First Lady Melania Trump’s plane en route to Philadelphia was forced to turn around due to smoke. Susan Walsh AP

A Fox News reporter said there was "a thin haze of smoke and smell [of] something burning".

First Lady Melania Trump's official plane was forced to make an unexpected landing this morning amid reports of an onboard fire. One staffer told reporters that the cause of the smoke was a malfunctioning communications unit.

"Everything is fine and everyone is safe", Grisham said in a statement.

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The plane, a Boeing C-32A, landed safely.

The First Lady was on her way to Philly for an event and, just 10 minutes into the flight, the pilot turned the jet back to Andrews Air Force base to deal with the mechanical problem.

She was joined on her visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Mrs. Trump was using a different plane for the visit, where she planned to meet with families of children affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb. The first lady boarded a separate smaller aircraft soon afterwards and continued forward with her trip.

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