Plane from Dubai quarantined at NYC airport after passengers fall ill

Jet quarantined at JFK after passengers fall ill on flight from Dubai

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

A plane from Dubai was quarantined at New York John F. Kennedy airport after numerous passengers fell ill on a flight arriving early Wednesday, the New York City mayor's office said.

A plane from Dubai has been quarantined in NY amid reports that multiple passengers were sick, officials said Wednesday.

Larry Coben, a passenger on the plane, posted pictures on Twitter of unaffected passengers being checked as they disembarked. "The safety & care of our customers is our first priority", the airline tweeted.

The Emirates Airbus A380, which is a two-tier plane that can hold 520 people, was met by the Centers for Disease Control and Port Authority Police after reports of unexplained illness among the passengers emerged.

Emergency crews are responding to JFK Airport after a jetliner carrying a number of passengers described as seriously ill landed at JFK International Airport.

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

By afternoon, there were still conflicting reports about how many people were sick and unanswered questions about the cause. "Now some people have fevers over 100", she added.

According to Phillips' tweet, 432 passengers out of 521 aboard, have been "cleared" and eight passengers are still being treated.

NPR's Rob Stein reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with local authorities to investigate the unspecified illnesses aboard Flight 203 and will provide additional information when it is available. Then they boarded buses and again waited outside customs for some time before being admitted to the country. Phillips said earlier the flight had stopped in Mecca, which is experiencing a flu outbreak.

He said that all passengers had their temperature taken as they deplaned.

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