A government plane carrying Melania Trump was forced to turn around Wednesday and return to an air base in Maryland after smoke filled the cabin.
Secret Service agents leapt from their seats 10 minutes into a morning flight and ran to the front of the aircraft.
Reporters on board said they were told a ‘mechanical’ issue caused the scare. No one was hurt but the first lady didn’t reach her destination.
She was headed to Philadelphia to address a hospital conference on neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition that strikes infants who experience withdrawal from their mothers’ use of narcotics while pregnant.
A press pool reporter on board said journalists ‘could see a thin haze of smoke and smell something burning. The smell quickly became stronger.’
A crew member said a ‘malfunctioning comms unit’ was to blame. The White House has not confirmed any details.
Melania’s flight returned to Joint Base Andrews and landed safely at 9:05 a.m.
A spokeswoman for the first lady couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.