Published on Thursday, August 11, 2016
A man who survived last week's Emirates plane crash at Dubai airport has won $1 million with a lottery ticket he bought just before flying off on a family holiday.
Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar, an Indian who lives in Dubai, was on Emirates flight EK521 which crash landed at Dubai airport before bursting into flames last week.
He was returning home after a family holiday to Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala.
Gulf News reports the 62-year-old claimed his winnings on Tuesday when ticket number 0845 was drawn in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire at Concourse A in the terminal.
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."
He described his escape from the plane crash as a 'miracle' and said God had saved him for a 'specific purpose'.
He plans to return to India and use his money to help people in need.
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.