BREAKING NEWS: Melania Trump’s plane forced to turn around after SMOKE filled the cabin and reporters used wet towels to cover their faces so they could breathe
A government plane carrying Melania Trump was forced to turn around Wednesday and return to an air base in Maryland after smoke filled the cabin.
Secret Service agents leapt from their seats 10 minutes into a morning flight and ran to the front of the aircraft.
Reporters on board said they were told a ‘mechanical’ issue caused the scare. No one was hurt but the first lady didn’t reach her destination.
She was headed to Philadelphia to address a hospital conference on neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition that strikes infants who experience withdrawal from their mothers’ use of narcotics while pregnant.
Melania Trump’s plane turned around after smoke filled the cabin on Wednesday
A press pool reporter on board said journalists ‘could see a thin haze of smoke and smell something burning. The smell quickly became stronger.’
A crew member told the reporter that a ‘malfunctioning comms unit’ was to blame. The White House has not confirmed any details.
Melania’s flight returned to Joint Base Andrews and landed safely at 9:05 a.m.
A spokeswoman for the first lady couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The plane was a C-32, the military’s verison of the Boeing 757-20. It’s the same aircraft that took the first lady to Africa this month, and is routinely used as ‘Air Force Two’ when Vice President Mike Pence travels outside Washington.