Aero India 2019: Over 300 cars burnt as Massive Fires Breaks Out At Air Show – Air show temporarily halted

A huge plume of smoke was seen at the Yelahankha air base, which is the venue for the Aero India 2019 air show being held in Bengaluru

over 300 vehicles have been gutted in a big fire at the parking lot of the venue of the Aero Show in Bengaluru this afternoon.

No casualties have been reported.

“In all, 300 cars have been burnt in the incident. The fire has been fully extinguished now. 10 fire force teams and 5 fire engines fought the fire under the leadership of Chief Fire Officer, West,” MN Reddi, Karnataka DGP said.

Huge plumes of thick black smoke could be seen in the sky near the Yelahanka air base in north Bengaluru, where about a hundred aircraft are parked for the biennial aero event.

Thick smoke that billowed out of the parking area engulfed the entire sky near the airshow’s flight display area, sparking fear among thousands of visitors. Aerial displays were halted as the huge plume of smoke continued to spread. 

The smoke that bellowed from the parking area caused panic among the visitors. However, officials at the ground attempted to maintain calm at the air base, The Hindu reported. “The fire and smoke you see [is] from normal domestic fire of dried leaves,” repeated announcements during the show said. “There is nothing to worry.”

Earlier this week, a pilot was killed after two aircraft of the Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team clashed during rehearsals for the air show.

The cause of the fire is not yet known but sources say it could have been a lit cigarette that was thrown into the grass which may have started the fire. It is not known yet how many vehicles are ablaze. The parking spot is located around a few kilometres away from where the air show is being held.

Earlier today, a fleet of seven Surya Kiran aircraft performed for the first time after the aircraft collision in earlier this week that led to the death of a pilot and injured two from the Surya Kiran Aerobatic team.

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