NEW YORK (Reuters)- The Emirates flight from Dubai to New York confirmed at least 19 people ill when the aircraft landed on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, after as many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling sick, authorities said.
Ten of the 19 people on Emirates airline [EMIRA.UL] Flight 203, which landed with at least 521 passengers around 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), were taken to hospitals, while the other nine declined treatment, said Raul Contreras, a spokesman for the New York City mayor’s office.
“Everyone else was clear,” he said in an interview.
All passengers aboard the plane were allowed to leave by Wednesday afternoon, according to an Emirates spokeswoman, who said three passengers and seven crew members were being treated at a hospital.
“Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening at the site near the aircraft and were released afterwards,” said the spokeswoman for Dubai-based Emirates. “The rest of the passengers were allowed to leave and clear customs.”
About 100 people complained of feeling ill on the flight from the Middle East, with symptoms including cough and fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement.
The plane – a double-deck Airbus 380 – was taken to a location away from the terminal so emergency officials could evaluate the situation, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said in a statement.
The White House was monitoring the situation, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, and President Donald Trump was updated as information was available.
The flight was delayed at takeoff and lasted nearly 14 hours, according to FlightAware.com.