Plane Carrying 'Seriously Ill' Passengers Lands at JFK Airport

Plane Carrying 'Seriously Ill' Passengers Lands at JFK Airport

Plane Carrying 'Seriously Ill' Passengers Lands at JFK Airport

Emirates announced Wednesday, September 5, that 10 passengers were taken ill on a 14-hour flight from Dubai to NY, where United States health authorities met the aircraft and ambulances ferried sick people to hospital.

"Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to NY were taken ill", said the statement.

ABC News said the pilot had reported that two male passengers had very high fevers and that dozens were "coughing nonstop".

Haynes further reported CDC public health officers were working with local authorities to examine passengers and take all necessary healthcare measures.

Emirates released a Twitter statement confirming the event and revealing that about 10 of the superjumbo jet's passengers had fallen ill.

All other passengers will be disembarking shortly.

Later in the morning, Coben uploaded more photos showing passengers having their temperature taken by CDC officials as they disembarked.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Port Authority Police are waiting at a staging area to check the passengers, NBC New York reported. The seating capacity on the planes vary, but Emirates has three configurations that seat 489, 517 or 615 passengers. The symptoms were reportedly flu-like, including coughing and fevers reaching over 100 degrees. The rep added, "symptoms still pointing to the flu".

Sick passengers were dispatched to hospitals for care, the CDC said.

"The Emirates cabin crew were super-helpful, they were not in panic mode, which was awesome", said Makki.

The rapper tweeted from the top floor of Emirates Flight 203 on Wednesday and was STUNNED to see the plane swarmed by emergency trucks. Just after 11 a.m., he tweeted that he had cleared customs and was on his way home.

Rather than ask the flight attendant, Vanilla Ice apparently searched on YouTube for more information and came across a video from an "underground world news" YouTube channel, which he linked to on Twitter.

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