The plane of First Lady Melania Trump was forced to land to Joint Base Andrews Wednesday morning.
According to initial reports, plane had mechanical issues, and those aboard noticed a thin haze of smoke coming from the cabin. It was also noted that there was a smell of something burning. The problem was spotted a few minutes after the takeoff.
Secret Service agents went to the front part of the plane, and others were given wet towels to hold over their nose and mouth in case the smell was unbearable.
The plane landed at Andrews after 9 a.m. ET. First Lady Melania Trump was flying to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to visit families with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
The First Lady had a brief break at the base and departed to Philadelphia.
Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisnam, said that “everything is fine and everyone is safe” after the plane landed. According to her, the team is working on other solutions regarding the trip to Philadelphia.
First Lady Melania was traveling on Boeing VC-35A, a military version of the 757. Sources confirm that the airframe is 20 years old, and was originally built in 1998.
The First Lady is meeting families, and her first stop was a hospital.
She held a speech and addressed the audience. “I’m sorry for a little delay, but it is good to be with all of you today.”
President Donald Trump spoke to his wife after the plane was forced to land. “She got on another plane. I hope this plane is better than the first one,” the President said.
One of the journalists aboard shared a pic of them being “calmly led off the tarmac” from the first plane. “First Lady’s aircraft safely on the ground back at Andrews. No rush to get off the plane after smoke and burning smell detected. Problem developed about 10 minutes after take-off en route Philadelphia for @FLOTUS hospital remarks. Press and officials calmly led off the tarmac,” Mark Knoller tweeted.