New York — An airliner from Dubai with 10 passengers and crew members who were hospitalised with flu-like symptoms was carrying 1990s rapper Vanilla Ice.
A manager for the rapper confirmed on Wednesday that he was on the Emirates flight that landed at New York's Kennedy Airport.
Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, used social media to share live updates of an initial report that dozens of people could be sick on his flight.
The 50-year-old tweeted a video from his seat on the flight, of "ambulances, fires trucks and police" who were on the scene as they landed.
He added that he was happy to be on the top floor of the "double-decker plane" as there were reportedly "over 100 people sick on the bottom floor."
SEE VANILLA ICE'S TWEETS HERE:
So I just landed from Dubai and now there is like tons of ambulances and fire trucks and police all over the place pic.twitter.com/i9QLh6WyJW— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 5, 2018
This is crazy. Apparently there is over 100 people sick on the bottom floor, so happy I’m up top, it’s a double-decker plane 380— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 5, 2018
Fire officials say 10 of the people who arrived sick to New York City on a flight from Dubai have been taken to a hospital. Emirates airline says they included seven crew members and three passengers.
The plane was quarantined on Wednesday at Kennedy Airport.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says about 100 of the 520 people aboard the plane had complained of illness, including cough and fever.
Medical workers in masks and gloves took passengers' temperatures on the tarmac while evaluating them.