First Lady Melania Trump
A plane carrying first lady Melania Trump was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff Wednesday after reports of a “burning smell” by members of the press on board the flight.
The plane had just taken off from the air base shortly before 9am, when Secret Service agents leaped up and ran to the front of the cabin. Smoke began to fill the plane, and journalists on board reported a burning smell growing stronger.
The entourage held wet towels over their faces until the plane touched down safely at the military base.
Trump was seen getting off the plane at Andrews, and appeared to be in fine health.
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.
According to a Health and Human Services spokesperson, Trump will continue her journey once a new plane is ready.
Addressing America’s opioid crisis was one of President Trump’s key campaign promises, and the topic has also been taken on board by the first lady, whose hospital visit forms part of her ‘Be Best’ campaign, which focuses on children’s issues.
President Trump said he spoke with his wife after her unscheduled landing and reported everyone was “fine” when speaking to the Fox Business Network.
“They came back. She got in another plane. I said, ‘I hope this plane’s better than the first one,’ ” the president said of their conversation.
Trump landed in Philadelphia for an event on opioid addiction, part of her Be Best initiative, and deplaned at 10:48 a.m., according to a pool report. She visited Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for, among other activities, face time with families dealing with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).