First lady’s airplane experiences mechanical issue, returns to Joint Base Andrews

Smoke filled the front of the plane

Melania Trump's plane forced to turn around after a smoke problem

(RNN) - First lady Melania Trump was en route to Philadelphia Wednesday morning when her plane returned to Joint Base Andrews because of a mechanical issue, multiple media outlets are reporting.

The plane was 10 minutes into the flight when Secret Service agents suddenly jumped up and ran to the front of the plane.

Reports of smoke in the cockpit are filtering through media outlets from reporters who were on board.

Wet towels were given to the press corps and other passengers to cover their faces because of the strong burning smell.

There are no reports of injuries and the plane landed safely back at Andrews at 9:05 a.m. ET.

The first lady was headed to Philadelphia to visit Thomas Jefferson Hospital for a conference on neonatal abstinence syndrome. The syndrome is when babies have withdraw symptoms because of the mother’s use of narcotics.

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