Emirates plane from Dubai quarantined at JFK after 100 passengers fall sick: Reports

Flight EK 203 from Dubai was headed toward New York when nearly 100 of the passengers onboard started feeling ill early Wednesday morning


                            Emirates plane from Dubai quarantined at JFK after 100 passengers fall sick: Reports

An Emirates plane landing at John F Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday was quarantined after nearly 100 passengers reported feeling sick. There were nearly 500 passengers onboard the flight, according to reports.

Flight EK 203 from Dubai was headed toward New York when nearly 100 of the passengers onboard reported feeling ill early Wednesday morning. The Port Authority Police and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were reportedly waiting for the aircraft when it landed at about 9:10 am on Wednesday morning to check the passengers.



 

The incident was confirmed by the mayor's office, which said that the entire plane has been quarantined until further notice. It was not immediately clear what caused the passengers to fall ill. 



Fox News said hazardous materials crews were called to the airport. 

A passenger on board, Larry Coben, told NBC News that he was told there were sick passengers, but he hadn’t seen any sick passengers himself. 



The press secretary for the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Eric Phillips, released a statement on Twitter saying that the flight had stopped at Mecca, which is currently experiencing a flu outbreak and it could be a possibility that the passengers may be infected.



Emirates airline also released a statement on Twitter, saying that all the sick passengers were being attended to and those unaffected will be allowed to leave the plane soon. The airline has also confirmed that at least 10 passengers have taken ill.



Meanwhile, ABC News reported that the pilot of the aircraft raised concerns before landing after several passengers reported experiencing high temperatures and coughing.

There could also be a possibility of food poisoning being the cause, according to BBC

The CDC also released a statement, saying it was "aware of an Emirates flight from Dubai that arrived this morning at JFK. Approximately 100 passengers, including some crew on the flight, complained of illness including cough and some with fever."

"CDC public health officers are working with... officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals those that need care," the statement added. 

Phillips also released another statement confirming that at least 10 passengers were taken to to Jamica Hospital.



A passenger on the plane, Larry Coben, shared pictures from the scene of the unaffected passengers being checked by health officials as they deboarded the plane.

 



 

A flight from New York to Florida was diverted earlier this year, when passengers reported burning throats from an unidentified substance which smelled like "dirty socks," according to reports.

This is a developing story and more details are awaited