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'Luckiest man alive' survives crash, then wins lottery

Helena Horton

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

An Emirates Airline flight is seen after it crash-landed at Dubai International Airport, the UAE August 3, 2016
An Emirates Airline flight is seen after it crash-landed at Dubai International Airport, the UAE August 3, 2016

A survivor of the Dubai plane crash has been called the "world's luckiest man" - after winning $1 million (€895,000) six days after the incident.

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Last Wednesday, Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khada was a passenger in the Emirates airliner that burst into flames on the runway of Dubai's airport.

The 62-year-old grandfather walked away unscathed from the crash landing with the 300 other people on board, moments before the plane exploded in a fireball.

He managed to have another piece of good luck on Tuesday, as his lottery ticket turned him into a millionaire. The lucky ticket was drawn in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire at Dubai International Airport.

Mr Khada, who works in a Dubai car dealership, bought the ticket in the airport on his way to Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala. On his return trip, he was seated on the plane that crash landed and caught fire.

He collected his prize on Tuesday - just four months before he was due to retire.

He told 'Gulf News': "I have been working in Dubai for 37 years, and I have always felt like this is my country.

"I live a simple life, and now that it's my time to retire, I feel like God gave me a second life when I survived the plane crash, and blessed me with this money to follow all this up by doing good things".

Mr Khada plans to move back to India and try to find a job where he can help people in need: "I am blessed to have finally won with Dubai Duty Free and can't wait to share the news with my family. If you ask me about my plans, I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others and need some financial help and medical support. I was poor, and I know what people go through". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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