Several Passengers Become Sick During Dubai To New York Flight
Emirates has confirmed that a number of passengers have fallen ill on a flight from Dubai to New York.
Emergency services responded after the plane landed at JFK Airport at around 9am local time.
The pilot on Emirates Flight 203 reported to have raised concerns that some passengers were sick with fevers and coughing.
Although local media reports suggested as many as 100 passengers could have become ill, the airline itself put the number of sick at 10.
Statement: Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority.— Emirates Airline (@emirates) September 5, 2018
More than 520 people were on board the plane.
Medical officials were checking passengers' temperatures as they disembarked from the plane one-by-one.
A spokesperson for the New York mayor's office said that there's currently an outbreak of the flu in Mecca, where some passengers had come from.
He said that's being investigated as a possible cause of the sickness.
10 sick people off the plane and heading to Jamaica Hospital. Health officials taking others off one by one checking for symptoms. About 40 cleared and going to customs. A few others showing symptoms and being held for treatment and possible transport to hospital. https://t.co/6X0445ivXy— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) September 5, 2018