Plane quarantined in NY after dozens of passengers report illness

Initial reports said up to 100 passengers fell ill with 100-degree fevers but a statement from Emirates put that number at just 10

Initial reports said up to 100 passengers fell ill with 100-degree fevers but a statement from Emirates put that number at just 10

The New York City mayor's office say the plane has been quarantined.

Hazardous materials crews were called to the scene just after 9 a.m. after the plane landed safely.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey confirmed that Emirates flight 203 landed at 9:12 am (1312 GMT) "with a report of multiple sick passengers".

They added that "local health authorities" were tending to the passengers.

Shortly after noon, all the passengers had disembarked the plane. "The safety & care of our customers is our first priority", the carrier said in a statement.

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"I asked the (flight attendant) for a mask before we even took off, but there was none available", passenger Erin Sykes told CNN from the plane.

As for what the sickness might be, Phillips referred to a "flu outbreak" in Mecca and said that might be a possibility, stating, "It appears some of the ill passengers came from Mecca before getting on in Dubai".

An airport source told Fox 5 News that a medical emergency happened on the plane.

Ten people were hospitalized, and another nine were deemed ill but declined medical attention.

The spokeswoman said 10 passengers fell ill on the flight from Dubai to NY. Video from news helicopters showed the jet stranded on the tarmac for several minutes before passengers began to emerge so they could board buses to get to the terminal.

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

Emirates Flight 203 carrying about 500 passengers landed shortly after 9am EDT (1pm GMT) today following concerns that passengers were sick with fevers over 37C.

A request for comment to Emirates was not immediately returned to clarify that discrepancy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that about 100 people complained of feeling sick.

According to Phillips, the sick passengers are headed to the hospital.

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