Melania Trump's plane forced to land after smoke filled cabin
A plane carrying US First Lady Melania Trump has been forced to land shortly after take-off after smoke and a burning smell were reported on board.
The aircraft was leaving from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland bound for Philadelphia on Wednesday morning (local time) when a thin haze of smoke was visible in the cabin, US media reports.
A group of reporters on board was told the change was due to a “mechanical issue”.
They were brought wet towels and told to hold them over their faces if the smell became too strong.
The smoke eventually cleared and the smell dissipated.
"Minor mechanical issue. Everything is fine and everyone is safe," Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's Communications Director, said in a statement.
The plane landed back at the base and Ms Trump was awaiting a new aircraft to travel to Philadelphia where she was visiting families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb.