Plane makes emergency landing at JFK Airport for apparent flu outbreak

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A international flight made an emergency medical landing in JFK Wednesday morning with reports of sick passengers and employees.

ABC reported that Emirates Flight 203, which was an Airbus A380 with 521 passengers on board, landed at JFK from Dubai at 9:10 a.m. on Sept. 5. According to the report, two passengers on the plane were experiencing very high fevers and about 100 passengers were coughing non-stop.

Upon landing, local medical personnel came to the plane to evaluate the passengers. The plane was quarantined away from the terminals.

Ten people — three passengers and seven flight crew members — were rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for treatment. Eight passengers were treated onsite for experiencing similar symptoms.

Emirates Airline tweeted out the following statement regarding the landing:

Following the landing, the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Customs and Border Protection were notified. Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor de Blasio, tweeted that the symptoms are consistent with the flu. Medical officials are running tests to confirm the cause of the illness.

The remaining passengers were later cleared for travel by medical officials.