Hospitalised In US, After Emirates Flight Lands

Sep 09, 2018, 04:49
Hospitalised In US, After Emirates Flight Lands

The airline said about 10 passengers were sick and were getting medical attention 'as a precaution'.

Some sick passengers were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Centre with non- life-threatening conditions, according to a New York City Fire Department spokesman.

Emirates announced Wednesday that 10 passengers were taken ill on a 14-hour flight from Dubai to NY, where the aircraft was met by USA health authorities.

Vanilla Ice was among the passengers trapped when an Emirates flight from Dubai became quarantined on the runway at John F. Kennedy airport Wednesday.

The reason why these passengers and crew fell ill, whether food poisoning or flu, has not been released.

An American Airlines spokeswoman says the plane wasn't quarantined.

Two American Airlines flights have arrived in Philadelphia with sick people on board
Two American Airlines flights have arrived in Philadelphia with sick people on board

Emirates flight 203, a double-deck Airbus A388 carrying about 500 passengers, landed shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), according to an airlines spokeswoman.

Rapper Vanilla Ice tweeted from the upper deck of the plane, saying, "This is insane". He also noted that he was "happy" that the flight was a double-decker plane and he was seated on the top floor.

Emirates said the 10 people taken to the hospital included seven crew members and three passengers.

Later in the morning, Coben uploaded more photos showing passengers having their temperature taken by CDC officials as they disembarked. A press secretary for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that test results had confirmed influenza.

When the plane touched down, it was immediately surrounded by dozens of ambulances and other emergency vehicles as anxious passengers waited to be evaluated by health officials. He pointed out that the flight stopped in Mecca, which is experiencing a flu outbreak.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey did not immediately respond to an AFP request to comment.

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