In this frame from a video, emergency response crews gather outside a plane at JFK Airport amid reports of ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai on Wednesday. // Image courtesy of WABC 7 via AP

Jet Quarantined at JFK After Reports of Sick Passengers

Associated Press

A plane was quarantined at Queens’ John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning amid reports that numerous passengers were sick aboard a flight from Dubai.

There were conflicting reports about how many people were sick aboard the Emirates flight, which landed around 9:10 a.m. Wednesday.

“Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on [flight] EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill,” the airline said in a statement. “On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly.”

Three hours later, the airline issued a second statement confirming that all passengers had disembarked.

“All passengers were screened by local health authorities prior to disembarkation. Three passengers and seven crew were transferred to the hospital for further medical care and evaluation,” Emirates said. “All other [flight] EK203 passengers were allowed to leave and clear customs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially said that about 100 of the 520 people aboard the plane were being evaluated after complaining of illness, including cough and fever.

Video from news helicopters showed the jet sitting on the tarmac surrounded by ambulances, vehicles and airport personnel.

Passengers were seen exiting the plane with their luggage and getting on to buses.

A New York police counterterrorism division tweeted it was “monitoring what appears to be a medical situation at JFK airport.

“We are working with the Port Authority and our Federal partners,” the tweet said.

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