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Melania Trump’s plane makes a U-Turn after developing mechanical issue

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A plane carrying US First Lady Melania Trump was forced to turn back Wednesday after smoke appeared in the cabin, journalists on the flight said .
She was on her way from Washington to Philadelphia when there was “ a minor mechanical issue, ” according to her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham .

“ Everything is fine and everyone is safe , ” Grisham said in a statement.

The airplane returned to Joint Base Andrews , an air force facility used by the White House outside Washington , DC .

CNN and other US networks said that reporters aboard the plane noticed smoke in the cabin and were told to hold wet towels over their faces if it got worse .

The smoke dissipated and the aircraft returned without further incident .

Trump was on her way to visit a Philadelphia hospital specializing in treatment of mothers with opioid use disorders and babies born with addictions to drugs they were exposed to while still in the womb .

( AFP )

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