Emirates Flight 203 has been quarantined after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), as reported by the New York Mayor’s office.
According to initial reports, 100 people were reported to feeling ill with symptoms of coughing and fever. A total of 500 passengers were on-board the Airbus A380 aircraft that flew to New York from Dubai.
Ambulances approaching the plane. pic.twitter.com/klV7Xhy0bZ— Larry Coben (@LarryCoben) September 5, 2018
Upon landing, the aircraft was met by officials from the Port Authority Police and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Larry Coben, a passenger on board the plane, has tweeted "All we have been told is that some passengers have fallen ill and we should remain in our seats”.
It is still unclear what caused the sudden illness on-board.
Please check back for updates on the situation as it develops.
Emirates has released an official statement on its Twitter account confirming 10 passengers on flight EK203 have taken ill. Currently being attended by local health authorities, the airline expects remaining passengers to disembark shortly.
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
A spokesman from the New York's mayor office reported that 521 people had been on board. Ten passengers are reported ill and have been transported to Jamaica Hospital for treatment.
Cause of Emirates' flight illness remains unknown, according to Emirates president Tim Clark. Three passengers and seven crew members were taken to local hospitals for further medical care and evaluation during the incident.. Another nine underwent medical screening near the aircraft and were later released.