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One described it as “some kind of plague” and another claimed sickly passengers had “greatly dilated pupils”.
Fearing mass poisoning on board, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.
Doctors and paramedics from five ambulances rushed on board the Airbus A321-211, videos show.
Several passengers were taken for urgent medical treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.
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.