Emirates Flight From Dubai Quarantined at JFK Airport After Reports of Illness

Emirates Dubai New York plane with sick passengers quarantined at JFK

Emirates Dubai New York plane with sick passengers quarantined at JFK

Nine others who were sickened were evaluated and refused further medical attention, Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The doubledecker Airbus A380 landed shortly after 9 a.m. ET with about 500 passengers aboard, according to a spokesperson for Emirates airline.

He later corrected himself and said the flight from Dubai was direct to NY and that some of the ill passengers had travelled from Mecca before the flight. Because the plane also stopped in Mecca, Phillips tweeted that the flu may be the culprit, as Mecca is now experiencing an outbreak.

All other passengers would disembark shortly, it added.

Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai was headed to NY when at least 100 of its 500 passengers reported feeling ill.

Emirates airlines disputed the reports that 100 passengers were sick, saying that about 10 were treated.

Air cabin crew members and emergency services are seen leaving plane after passengers were taken ill on Emirates flight | Larry Coben  via REUTERS
Air cabin crew members and emergency services are seen leaving plane after passengers were taken ill on Emirates flight | Larry Coben via REUTERS

"On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities", it said. USA media initially reported that 100 passengers had been taken ill and that the jet had been quarantined.

Passengers were exiting the plane with their luggage and getting on to buses. Previous reports estimated the number of sick passengers at closer to 100 people.

A total of 521 passengers were on board, sources told ABC News. The airline said the rest of the passengers will soon leave the plane.

"They have told us people are sick but have seen no evidence", Coben, an archaeologist and founder of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, posted on Twitter.

The White House was monitoring the situation, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, and President Donald Trump was being updated as new information became available.

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