Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

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

Melania Trump at the White House./FILE Melania Trump at the White House./FILE
Freda Brock | 17 October, 2018, 18:25

NBC reporter Peter Alexander tweeted: "Smoke and burning smell reported on Melania Trump's flight to Philadelphia after "mechanical issue", per pool".

First Lady Melania Trump's plane has been forced to return to base after smoke filled the cabin and a burning smell was reported 10 minutes after its departure from Joint Andrews Air Force Base.

Members of the press were brought towels and told to hold them over their faces if the smell became too strong.

"Everything is fine and everyone is safe", a spokesperson for Mrs Trump has said, adding that a "minor mechanical issue" was to blame.

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

Where do the EU's 27 countries stand on the Brexit deal?
May will address the other 27 European Union national leaders at a summit before they sit down to dinner without her. Theresa May faces a Brexit showdown with restless Cabinet ministers on Tuesday morning.

Mrs Trump had been due to visit Philly's Jefferson Hospital to meet babies born addicted to opioids.

First lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman on Tuesday went after rapper T.I., whose most recent music video features a Trump lookalike dancing without clothes in a fake Oval Office.

The First Lady is still expected to make the trip after a new plane is found, according to reports.

The visit was to be one of her stops as she promotes her "Be Best" campaign, which focuses on issues affecting children, including the importance of healthy pregnancies.

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