Plane carrying Melania Trump turns around after 'burning' smell reported on board

Joann Johnston
October 17, 2018

A CNN reporter aboard the flight says Secret Service handed the press corps wet towels to put over their faces to deal with the smell of smoke.

A FOX NEWS producer who was onboard the plane reported that about 10 minutes after takeoff there was a burning smell and that a thin haze of smoke could be seen.

First Lady Melania Trump's official plane was forced to make an unexpected landing this morning amid reports of an onboard fire.

A plane carrying Melania Trump was forced to land after a "haze of smoke" was spotted on board, according to USA media reports.

The smoke dissipated and the aircraft returned without further incident.

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The airplane was a Boeing C-32A.

The first lady landed safely back at the base at around 9am local time (2pm BST).

Mrs Trump was due in Philadelphia to meet families affected by opioid abuse.

"Everything is fine and everyone is safe", a spokesperson for Mrs Trump has said, adding that a "minor mechanical issue" was to blame.

The trip remains on for later Wednesday and the first lady will take a different plane, Grisham said.

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