JUST IN: Cause of Flight Outbreak Released; Flight From Middle East Sickens 100+ Passengers

September 05, 2018


On Wednesday, September 5, some shocking news has come in from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. More than 100 passengers from an international plane have fallen ill during their flight from the Middle East.



Reports say that emergency personnel rushed to the scene once the airplane landed attending to passengers who reported that they were "seriously ill."



The initial report from NBC New York said that the 100 passengers who fell ill were on the airline "Emirates" and were traveling in from Dubai early Wednesday morning. Symptoms included fevers of over 100 degrees and many passengers were coughing.


Emirates Flight 203 landed in New York at 9:10 a.m. ET before it was sent to a specific area to be inspected by Port Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health officials.

According to "USA Today," at around 10:45 a.m. ET, healthy passengers appeared to be headed to the terminal, according to a passenger on the plane, Larry Coben, and Emirates Airline.



"Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority," Emirates said in a statement.



Coben shared a little bit of detail as to what was going on when he was on the plane:


"All we have been told is that some passengers have fallen ill and we should remain in our seats," he wrote.


Cause Of Illness

"BBC" reports that food poisoning is the cause for the illnesses.

There are no further details available at this time.