First lady's plane lands safely after 'mechanical issue'

Melania Trump at the White House./FILE

Melania Trump at the White House./FILE

The FLOTUS" trip to Philadelphia was delayed when passengers on her goverment "saw a thin haze of smoke" and could "smell something burning, ' on Wednesday morning, according to NBC.

First lady Melania Trump's plane made an unplanned landing at Joint Base Andrews after the aircraft experienced a "minor mechanical issue".

Press on the plane put wet towels over their faces when the smell became too strong.

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The smoke and smell slowly dissipated.

Mrs Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said "everyone is fine and everyone is safe" following the incident. One staffer told reporters that the cause of the smoke was a malfunctioning communications unit.

Mrs. Trump was traveling to Philadelphia to visit Thomas.

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The First Lady of the President of the USA was aboard the flight to Philadelphia which was forced to returned to base in Maryland.

The plane landed safely at Andrews shortly after 9 a.m. ET.

"It would take one visit to Ellen [Degeneres], one visit to Jimmy Fallon, or [Jimmy] Kimmel's show or a tweet to say 'knock it off, lay off the president's family, especially our first lady, '" she said.

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is also traveling with the First Lady.

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