Emirates Flight With Sick Passengers Lands at J.F.K. Airport

Authorities are investigating a flight that landed on Wednesday at Kennedy International Airport in New York after about 100 passengers reported feeling ill, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Emirates Airline Flight 203 arrived at the airport in Queens at about 9:20 a.m. from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The airline said about 10 passengers were sick and were treated by local authorities. There were 521 people on the plane.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said on Twitter at about 11 a.m. that 10 people had been taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. By noon, he said eight additional people were being treated at the airport and 432 had been cleared to continue their travel.

Dozens of passengers were reported ill, including coughing and vomiting, which led the pilot to notify authorities, said a law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak and declined to be named.

“People were coughing the whole flight, like phlegmy, really gross coughs, not covering their mouths,” said Erin Sykes, a passenger from New York. “They were spitting places.”

Ms. Sykes said that about 30 minutes before landing, the pilot announced that passengers would not immediately disembark in New York. She said that after the plane landed, the C.D.C. had passengers fill out forms.

Authorities are continuing to investigate.

Mariana Alfaro, J. David Goodman and Ali Winston contributed reporting.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*