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Published on : Friday, August 12, 2016
Basheer was elated when he learnt from a phonecall that he had won such an overwhelming amount while he was working inside an autobody repairs shop in Dubai. The lucky man works at Al Tayer Motors auto body shop, as a coordinator of fleet operations. He was so overjoyed that he found it tough to believe his good luck.
On 6th July, Basheer had won sweepstakes of Dubai Duty Free’s Millennium Millionaire, thanks to a ticket he had bought on the very day. Thereafter, he had boarded an Emirates flight since he wanted to travel to the Indian state of Kerala, to his native town of Pallickal.
The ticket was worth $270, and was numbered 845 in Series M22, and it was his 17th attempt to win the sweepstake.
On 3rd August, Basheer boarded EK521, another Emirates flight, for returning to Dubai. He said that the Boeing 777-300 was flying normally with the 300 passengers onboard till the time it made efforts to land at Dubai International Airport that is known to be the busiest airfield in the entire world.
As it tried land, the airplane hit the runway of the airport, bounced and crashed onto the ground once more.
As soon as the plane halted, its cabin was filled with smoke.
Mohamed Basheer then jumped out of the emergency of the airplane and turned back to observe the fire was spreading rapidly. Other passengers were busy retreating from the spot. Next, he caught sight of an Emirate firefighter who was the only one who was killed in the incident.
This man said that he was in awe to find that all his fellow passengers had managed to escape the fire, and he was grateful to God and the pilot for saving the lives of numerous passengers.
Currently, the cause of the plane’s crash landing is being investigated. However, the radio traffic has stated that the pilots had been attempting for landing at the airport for a second time when probably something went wrong.
After the incident, Basheer immediately went to render his services at the auto body shop.
Finally, on Tuesday, around 1.45 p.m., he received a call that informed him that he had won. Amujam Satheesh, the manager of the auto body shop where Basheer works said that the latter was quite calm and composed even after hearing the great news and continued to take calls from customers.
The manager said that two bankers had paid visit to Basheer at the shop, requesting him for a quick selfie.
Basheer said that he would continue his efforts to earn money by working at the auto body shop even after winning the money, as that would help support his daughter, grandchildren, partially paralyzed son and wife. He plans to work till he retires. Next, he had decided to teach work skills to the impoverished people with the money he receives.