Plane crash sur­vivor hits $1m jack­pot

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DUBAI — It’s been an event­ful few days for Mo­ham­mad Basheer Ab­dul Khadar, an Indian liv­ing in Dubai.

In the space of a week, he sur­vived a crash land­ing at Dubai air­port then won $1m (about R13.3m) in a lot­tery or­gan­ised by the air­port’s duty free op­er­a­tor, Gulf News re­ported.

The 62-year-old was fly­ing home from hol­i­days with fam­ily in In­dia when the Boe­ing 777 in which he was trav­el­ling caught fire on land­ing with 300 peo­ple on board.

The ac­ci­dent on Wed­nes­day shut down the Mid­dle East’s busiest air­port for sev­eral hours, forcing au­thor­i­ties to can­cel hundreds of flights. All the pas­sen­gers and crew es­caped un­harmed, but a fire­fighter died tack­ling the blaze.

Just six days later, Khadar dis­cov­ered that the lot­tery ticket he’d bought on the way to In­dia was now worth $1m.

A fleet administrator with a Dubai car deal­er­ship, Khadar told Gulf News he ha­bit­u­ally bought a lot­tery ticket on his way to visit fam­ily in the south­ern Indian state of Ker­ala.

Ticket num­ber 845 in the “Mil­le­nium Mil­lion­aire” draw at the air­port’s Dubai Duty Free proved to be his win­ning shot.

“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,” he told Gulf News.

Khadar has lived in Dubai for 37 years and is mar­ried with two chil­dren, one of whom is paral­ysed af­ter a fall early on in his child­hood, re­ported Gulf News. — Al Jazeera

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