Emirates plane crash survivor wins $1 million six days after miracle escape

A passenger on board the Emirates plane that crash landed in Dubai might be the luckiest man alive after he won a million dollars on the lottery – just six days after the accident.
Emirates passenger jet crash lands in Dubai, bursts into flames
Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was one of the survivors of the shocking crash landing less than a week ago but is now celebrating winning the mammoth total from the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire.
Grandfather Mr Khandar bought the ticket on his way to a holiday with his family in Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala during Eid.
The 62-year-old Indian national superstitiously bought a ticket whenever he travelled back to India, he claimed this was his 17th attempt at the airport lottery.
Speaking to Gulf News, Mr Khandar said it had a “miracle escape” from the Emirates plane and that this win may have been the reason he was saved.
He added: “I value the escape as a more precious gift from God and I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it.”
Incredibly, Mr Khandar hit the jackpot – worth £766,000 – just four months before he was due to retire. However, despite the cash influx he has no plans to retire any sooner, saying “I will continue to work till I can. Nothing else can give you the satisfaction of your hard-earned money”.
Mr Khader, who works for a car dealership currently earns around 8000 Dirhams (£1,700) a month, though he has said he wants to use the money to help others in his native India.
He told Gulf News: “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 don’t want to give it to a charity or build a business, I want to go out and find people who really need help and give them money. I was poor, and I know what people go through.”
Mr Khandar was one of 282 passengers on board the Boeing 777 when it crash landed at Dubai airport on a journey from Thiruvananthapuram, India, on August 3.
Incredibly all passengers, including 24 Brits and 18 crew members, made it out alive despite the plane bursting into flames on the runway.
Tragically firefighter Jasim Issa Mohammed was killed in the rescue operation, after heroically helping to save the lives of all onboard.
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