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

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

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

Secret Service agents headed toward the front of the plane.

First lady Melania Trump's plane was forced to return to a Washington area military base on Wednesday because of smoke in the cabin, temporarily delaying her trip to a Philadelphia hospital.

"Smell and smoke have since dissipated", NBC's Peter Alexander tweeted.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, told CNN the incident was a "minor mechanical issue".

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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.

The plane landed safely about 9 a.m.

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

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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.

The First Lady's visit is part of her "Be Best" campaign, which focuses on major issues affecting children.

Pool reporters said a "thin haze of smoke" was visible and smelled something burning.

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