Dubai plane crash survivor double-lucky

A man who survived the crash-landing of Emirates flight 521 in Dubai Aug. 3 recently learned he has a second reason to be thankful.

Mohamed Basheer, a 62-year-old from Pallickal in India's Kerala state, was among the 300 people who fled a burning Emirates airline Boeing 777 that crash-landed at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Subsequent to that harrowing event, he learned that he had won US$1 million in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw. His number was drawn in the sweepstakes on Tuesday at DXB.

Basheer, who works at a car dealership's body shop in Dubai, says he will retire in December and return to his native India. He plans to use the money to support his family and start a charity in his hometown.

Emirates flight EK521, a Boeing (NYSE:BA) 777-300, crash-landed and caught fire at Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Photo courtesy Twitter user @apaspo1975

With regard to the accident, only 18 passengers sustained minor injuries and there was no loss of life among the passengers and crew, though a Dubai Airport firefighter was killed while responding to the emergency.

DXB, which had limited operations following the accident, returned to normal operations as of 9:27 a.m. local time, Aug. 7.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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