First lady Melania Trump’s plane turns around after ‘burning’ smell reported on board

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Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (WRIC) — First lady Melania Trump’s plane was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning after members of the press on board the flight reported a “burning smell.”

ABC News reports that one reporter said there was “a thin haze of smoke and smell something burning.”

The smell quickly became stronger about 10 minutes after takeoff, she added.

A crew member said the smell was from “a malfunctioning comms unit” on board. An ABC News source described it as a “minor technical issue” and that the first lady was “fine.”

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