Melania Trump's plane suffers 'mechanical issue,' returns to Joint Base Andrews

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First lady Melania Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, October 15, 2018, as she travelled to view damage from Hurricane Michael. Copyright Saul Loeb AFP - Getty Images
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By Jane C. Timm with NBC News Politics
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The plane landed safely shortly after the incident, which involved a "thin haze of smoke" and the smell of something burning.


A plane carrying first lady Melania Trump returned to Joint Base Andrews shortly after takeoff on Wednesday after a "mechanical issue" caused smoke and the smell of something burning.

Reporters traveling with her on the plane said a burning smell filled the cabin about ten minutes after takeoff, and "a thin haze of smoke" was visible. Reporters were given wet towels to cover their faces if the smell worsened, but the smoke dissipated before the plane landed safely back at Andrews. The press was told that the incident was due to a "mechanical issue."

The first lady has deplaned.

Melania Trump was en route to Philadelphia, where she was expected to meet with families affected by the opioid crisis and tour a neonatal intensive care nursery.

This is a breaking news story, please check back for updates.

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