By Cailey Rizzo
October 17, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump’s aircraft returned to a military base about 10 minutes after takeoff on Wednesday morning, after the cabin of the plane began to fill with smoke.

The Boeing C-32A was traveling with reporters on board. Shortly after takeoff, a thin layer of smoke permeated the cabin along with a burning smell. Those on board were told to cover their noses and mouths with a wet towel.

The plane returned to the base, where everybody on board disembarked.

Stephanie Grisham, communications director for the First Lady, told CNN the incident was a “minor mechanical issue. Everything is fine and everyone is safe.”

According to Plane Spotters, the aircraft that Trump was traveling on is 20 years old.

Trump took off on a different aircraft and proceeded with her schedule, which included a visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She is meeting with families of children who were exposed to opiods while in the womb.

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