Air France Flight Grounded in Madrid Over Suspected Ebola Virus Case

Passenger on the Flight Showed Symptoms of Ebola, Including Shaking, an Official Said

MADRID—An Air France AF.FR +6.49% aircraft flying from Paris was grounded at its Madrid destination Thursday over concerns that one of the passengers showed potential symptoms of Ebola.

Officials for the French airline, the Spanish government and the Madrid airport said the passenger had fallen ill during the flight and would be tested for the virus.

The person in question on Air France flight 1300—with 156 passengers on board, as well as two pilots and five crew members—showed symptoms of Ebola, including shaking, said a spokeswoman for Air France in Madrid.

It wasn’t clear what, if any, other symptoms the passenger showed. And those passengers were likely to be given the go ahead to disembark Thursday afternoon Madrid time, the spokeswoman said.

Spain’s state-owned broadcaster RTVE said the passenger was of Nigerian origin and had started the journey in Lagos.

The aircraft, an Airbus A321, left Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport at 0735 GMT and arrived in Madrid Barajas airport at 0940 GMT, the spokeswoman said.

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