Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic-Bound Flight From Newark Diverted to JFK Due to ‘Unusual Odor,' Sick Travelers

What to Know

  • A JetBlue flight heading from Newark to the Dominican Republic was diverted to JFK Airport Sunday morning
  • An unspecified number of passengers and crew members started to feel sick due to an "unusual odor" on board, the airline said
  • It wasn't immediately clear how many people fell sick or what caused the odor

A JetBlue flight heading from Newark to the Dominican Republic was diverted to JFK Airport after passengers and crew members started to feel sick due to an "unusual odor" on board, the airline and airport sources said. 

JetBlue Flight 1203 was diverted to JFK Sunday morning after an unspecified number of people on board started becoming dizzy and vomiting, according to the sources. 

JetBlue confirmed the plane, which was heading to Santo Domingo, was diverted "out of an abundance of caution after the crew reported an unusual odor and a handful of customers and crew members feeling unwell." 

"The aircraft will be inspected before returning to service, and flight 1203 will continue to Santo Domingo on a different aircraft," JetBlue said in a statement.

Passengers were taken off the aircraft at JFK and treated by EMS, airport sources said. 

It wasn't immediately clear how many people fell sick or what caused the odor.

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