Epidemic Hazard in Russia on January 20 2019 05:58 AM (UTC).
The Ural Airlines pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a mystery 'plague-like' illness moved through the cabin. A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Russia today after passengers complained they were "suffocating" and "turning green". Panic swept through the cabin of the Ural Airlines flight from Moscow to Dubai after travelers showed "plague-like" symptoms. The pilot made an emergency landing in the city of Volgograd around one hour 25 minutes into the flight amid fears of mass poisoning on board the plane carrying 150 passengers. Footage shows how doctors and paramedics from five ambulances rushed to board the Airbus A321-211. Several passengers were taken for urgent medical treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known. The unusual symptoms particularly affected passengers between rows 21 and 26 in economy class, according to reports. A passenger said: "I was woken by a young woman screaming for assistance. "She yelled and screamed 'Help, help!' because her husband felt ill. "He was suffocating and he couldn't breathe in. "His face went the color green. "Then a panic swept through the plane." Passengers with children moved them away from the rows blighted by the strange symptoms. "Others felt the same symptoms," the flier continued. "I think it was some kind of plague. "Everyone was going green and pale. "In the end, we went into an emergency landing into Volgograd. " Passenger Ilya Binder told TV360 a number of passengers began to feel "sharply ill" 40 minutes into the flight. "All of them had greatly dilated pupils," he said. "They were suffocating. "The flight attendants were in a panic, and the aircraft captain decided to make an emergency landing in Volgograd." He said the condition was "definitely not food poisoning" from the plane. "How can food poisoning happen at the same time to five different people. It's nonsense," he said. An airport official said that five people felt unwell from the mystery poisoning when the plane landed. Airport spokeswoman Anastasia Golodova said the Ural Airline plane landed at 07.23 (03.23GMT) today. "Doctors took all passenger who felt unwell," she said. After treatment, three decided to continue the flight but two refused and were admitted to hospital. A "drunk woman" aged 29 was also taken off the flight after she allegedly "attacked the crew". The plane was thoroughly checked and left again for Dubai after two hours. There has been no official explanation so far for what caused the terrifying symptoms. One theory was food poisoning hitting a group of passengers who had eaten together before the flight. One man who felt unwell is understood to have suffered from epilepsy. The plane - flight number U6-893 - later landed in Dubai two hours 20 minutes late.