First lady Melania Trump’s plane turns around after ‘mechanical issue’ on board

Corrections and Clarifications: An earlier version of this story mentioned the wrong date. The incident occurred on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON – The airplane which was supposed to deliver First Lady Melania Trump to Philadelphia had to make a sudden return to Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning because of a “mechanical issue.”

Trump’s rep, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to USA TODAY there was a “minor mechanical issue” on the plane, which a pool report identified as a Boeing C-32A. Grisham added: “Everything is fine and everyone is safe.” 

About 15 minutes into the flight, smoke was visible and a burning scent detectable inside the plane, according to a pool report. A staffer for the first lady then announced the plane had encountered a “mechanical problem” and would return to Joint Base Andrews, the report continued.

Damp washcloths were given to passengers to combat the smell and the plane touched down shortly after 9 a.m., per the report.

Footage shared by The Hill on Twitter shows Trump deplaning.

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