Smoke Fills Cabin on Melania Trump's Flight, Plane Forced To Turn Back


First lady Melania Trump’s plane made a sudden return to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday morning after experiencing a “mechanical problem” shortly after takeoff.

A pool reporter on the flight relayed that about 15 minutes into a flight to Philadelphia, smoke was visible and a burning smell was detectable in the passenger cabin, according to USA Today.

Damp washcloths were given to those onboard to combat the smell, and the plane touched down back in Maryland shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern.

Trump was seen deplaning after landing at Andrews.

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President Donald Trump was asked about the incident during an interview on Fox Business Network later Wednesday morning.

“They’re fine. I just spoke to her,” he told Stuart Varney of Fox Business. “They came back. She got in another plane. I said, ‘I hope this plane is better than the first one.’ They had a problem, but she’s fine.”

“Everything is fine and everyone is safe,” Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, told USA Today.

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The outlet reported that the first lady safely arrived in Philadelphia just before 11 a.m.

Melania Trump went to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to participate in an event on opioid addiction, which is part of her Be Best initiative.

She was to be joined there by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

“The hospital has provided care to mothers with opioid use disorder and their newborn children for more than 45 years,” The Associated Press reported.

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Trump traveled with her husband on Tuesday to visit areas impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida and Georgia.

She tweeted afterward: “Yesterday’s visit to see damage from #HurricaneMichael in #Florida and #Georgia was difficult to witness, but the strength & resilience of those affected was heartening to see. We are with you!”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Graduated dean's list from West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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