Emirates Flight 203, which originated in Dubai, was carrying about 500 passengers and landed round 9:06 a.m. ET, a supply mentioned.
“I asked the (flight attendant) for a mask before we even took off, but there was none available,” passenger Erin Sykes advised CNN from the plane. “It was so obvious that a large number of people were ill well before take-off.”
The nonstop flight was a easy one, Sykes mentioned, so she did not imagine the illnesses had been associated to turbulence or air illness.
“People were coughing the whole time. Now some people have fevers over 100,” she mentioned. “They should never had been allowed to board.”
While a supply with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey initially mentioned as many as 100 passengers reported feeling ill, the airline mentioned solely about 10 passengers had “taken ill.”
“As a precaution, they were immediately checked by local health authorities and those needing medical attention will be attended to,” Emirates mentioned in a press release. “All other passengers will be disembarking shortly.”
Seven crew members and 5 passengers had been taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, the port authority supply mentioned. Other passengers are nonetheless being evaluated, the supply mentioned.
Passenger Larry Coben declined to talk to the media, however his tweets documented ambulances converging on the tarmac after the plane landed, CDC types that the passengers had been requested to finish, passengers disembarking and having their temperatures taken, and passengers then taking a bus to the terminal.
“Happy to report that I am through customs and on my way home,” he tweeted simply after 11 a.m. ET.
Port authority spokesman Scott Ladd referred inquiries to the state Department of Health, however he did affirm well being officers had been on the scene. Health division officers couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
The plane was taken to a “hard standing area,” the place paramedics and officers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been responding to the scene, the supply mentioned.
The CDC mentioned it was conscious passengers “are reporting an unspecified illness” aboard an Emirates flight and well being officers are working with native authorities to analyze the trigger.
CNN’s Mark Morales and Gianluca Mezzofiore contributed to this report.