Emirates jet lands in NY with 10 ill passengers


A spokeswoman for Emirates said: 'Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on board flight EK203 from Dubai to NY were taken ill.

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

The office of NY mayor Bill de Blasio described the response as a quarantine.

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

The cause of the illness on Emirates Flight 203 is "probably influenza", New York City acting Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot told reporters.

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"Given the symptoms that we are seeing in the patients and given the history that they present, it looks like this is probably influenza", Acting New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said.

At the time of writing, Emirates confirmed that the rest of the passengers remain onboard and will be safely disembarking shortly. "The safety & care of our customers is our first priority", the airline tweeted.

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

Ten people who were rushed to hospital Wednesday after a jetliner from Dubai was quarantined in NY appear to have the flu, according to preliminary tests.

"They checked me thoroughly, everybody on the plane", he said. The rest of the passengers were released after evaluations.

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She added that all other passengers would be allowed to leave the plane shortly.

The pilot said that numerous passengers on board appeared to be sick with fevers over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and many were coughing, the report stated.

An airliner from Dubai with 10 passengers and crew members who were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms was carrying 1990s rapper Vanilla Ice. Authorities found 19 people were sickened - 10 of them taken to the hospital, Phillips and the Emirates Airline said.

Passenger Larry Coben tweeted images of emergency vehicles surrounding the giant aircraft.

-This developing report was last updated at 10:51 a.m.

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