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

Melania Trump at the White House./FILE

A few minutes after takeoff, those aboard the plane observed a thin haze of smoke coming from the cabin and smelled something burning.

A plane carrying US First Lady Melania Trump was forced to turn around and land after the cabin filled with smoke. A member of the crew handed out damp washcloths for passengers to put over their mouths, and Secret Service agents rushed to the front of the plane. The smoke and smell slowly dissipated.

The First Lady is still expected to make the trip after a new plane is found, according to reports.

The entourage held wet towels over their faces until the plane touched down safely at the military base.

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A crew member is quoted by USA media as saying a "malfunctioning comms unit that had overheated" was the cause of the issue, but the White House has not confirmed this. Mrs. Trump was seen getting off the plane at Andrews, and appeared to be in fine health.

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

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

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