First lady’s plane lands safely after ‘mechanical issue’

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News reported that the plane turned around and landed at Joint Base Andrews.

First Lady Melania Trump's official plane was forced to make an unexpected landing this morning amid reports of an onboard fire.

About 10 minutes after takeoff, reporters noticed a thin haze of smoke and detected a burning smell, according to CNN. The smoke and smell slowly dissipated.

It was not immediately clear what caused the problem on the aircraft, a Boeing C-32A identified as "Bright Star".

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A crew member is quoted by USA media as saying a "malfunctioning comms unit that had overheated" was the cause of the issue, but the White House has not confirmed this.

She was on her way from Washington to Philadelphia when there was "a minor mechanical issue", according to her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

FLOTUS was en route to Philadelphia to meet with families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb.

The event was planned for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was to join the first lady.

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