Plane quarantined at JFK amid reports of sick passengers

September 05, 2018 - 9:38 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A plane has been quarantined at New York's Kennedy Airport amid reports of ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai.

The Emirates flight landed around 9:10 a.m. Wednesday. The airline says about 10 passengers were sick and were getting medical attention "as a precaution."

Video from news helicopters showed the jet sitting on the tarmac surrounded by ambulances, vehicles and airport personnel.

Representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were on the scene.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted that the flight stopped in Mecca, which is experiencing a flu outbreak, and "early indications point to that as a possibility."

A New York police counterterrorism division tweeted it appeared to be a "medical situation."

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