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

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

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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.

A Fox News reporter said there was “a thin haze of smoke and smell [of] something burning.”

The smell quickly became stronger about 10 minutes after takeoff, she added.

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The smell was reportedly coming from “a malfunctioning comms unit” on board. The first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that it was simply a “minor mechanical issue,” and added, “everything is fine and everyone is safe.”

PHOTO: First lady Melania Trumps plane on Wednesday was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff because of a minor technical issue.Megan Welsh/Pool
First lady Melania Trump’s plane on Wednesday was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff because of a “minor technical issue.”

Trump was on her way to Philadelphia for a visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital related to her “Be Best” campaign and work to highlight the opioid epidemic. The first lady boarded a separate smaller aircraft soon afterwards and continued forward with her trip.

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