Sept. 5 (UPI) -- An Emirates Airlines flight with more than 500 passengers was isolated Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after several became sick.
Emirates said 10 people on Flight EK203, from Dubai to New York, became ill. The jetliner was quarantined in a part of the field.
"As a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities," Emirates tweeted at the time. "All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority."
A spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said the sick passengers were taken off the plane and taken to a hospital in Queens.
"Health officials taking others off one by one checking for symptoms," spokesman Eric Phillips said. "About 40 cleared and going to customs. A few other showing symptoms and being held for treatment and possible transport to hospital."
Phillips said previously the plane had a stopover in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, fueling concern the passengers may have picked up the flu. A number of people in Mecca have been sickened by a recent a flu outbreak.
He later clarified and said the flight made no stopover, but added that it appears some of the ill passengers traveled from Mecca to Dubai.
Officials said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been notified.
This is a developing story.