Plane From Mideast Quarantined on New York Tarmac as 100 Suddenly Sickened

A plane from Dubai was quarantined at JFK Airport after 100 passengers mysteriously became ill during the flight, authorities say.

A plane from Dubai was quarantined at JFK Airport after 100 passengers mysteriously became ill during the flight, authorities say.

“The Emirates Airbus A380 arrived at Terminal 4 and was met by the Centers for Disease Control and Port Authority police,” New York’s CBS affiliate reported. “Seven crew members and three passengers were transported to a Jamaica Hospital in Queens.”

Emirates Flight 203 landed in New York Wednesday shortly after 9 a.m. with 500 people on board. It was a direct flight from Dubai and did not make a stop in Mecca as the New York mayor’s office erroneously reported earlier.

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Shortly before 10:30 a.m., Emirates Airlines said only about 10 passengers from Dubai had taken ill. Previous reports estimated the number of sick passengers at closer to 100 people.

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“On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities,” it said. “All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority.”

A representative o the U.S. government said that there is no evidence that the sickness was caused by an act of terror. Instead, the government thinks the sickness was caused by food poisoning.

Authorities in New York say they are watching the situation carefully.

An American passenger on the flight tweeted out a series of photos as he waited inside the quarantined plane.

Officials say that ultimately 10 people were seriously sickened and taken to a local hospital.

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