Plane carrying Melania Trump forced to turn around over smoke in cabin

Angelo Anderson
October 17, 2018

Reporters were told the plane suffered a "minor mechanical issue", that one crew member sid stemmed from a "malfunctioning comms unit", although the White House has yet to confirm the source of the issue.

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. Shortly after, a thin haze of smoke was visible and there was a smell of something burning in the cabin.

Around 10 minutes after takeoff from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, journalists travelling with the First Lady saw Secret Service officers head to the front of the plane.

They were provided with wet towels to hold over their faces in case the acrid smell became too strong. She appeared to be fine.


Trump was on her way to Philadelphia for a visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital related to her "Be Best" campaign.

According to a Health and Human Services spokesperson, Trump will continue her journey once a new plane is ready.

Grisham said the first lady's team was "evaluating" whether to make other arrangements to travel to the event.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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