Melania Trump’s plane forced to turn back after smoke incident

Melania Trump

Journalists travelling with the First Lady reported that a thin haze of smoke and a burning smell spread through the plane around 10 minutes after it took off.

First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital's neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical issues on her plane.

Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told reporters that the problem was minor, but more information will be available after a diagnostics test.

A flight crew member gave passengers damp towels to hold over their faces for the smell, the reporters said.

The plane safely landed at Joint Base Andrews at approximately 9:05 a.m.

The smoke and smell slowly dissipated. "Everything is fine and everyone is safe".

CNN said the White House did not immediately comment on what had happened.

First Lady Melania Trump speaks at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada on September 23, 2017.

She was joined on her visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

The First Lady's visit is part of her "Be Best" campaign, which focuses on major issues affecting children.

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