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Over 300 Cars Gutted in Massive Fire at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru

Over 300 Cars Gutted in Massive Fire at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru

Women pilots flew high in the skies above the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on Saturday, at the ongoing Aero India air show that is celebrating "Women in aviation".

As per early reports, no casualty has been reported and a team of fire brigade has reached the spot.

The fire has been extinguished, according to officials.

The air show was temporarily suspended while the fire spread, and no planes took off from the airbase until the fire was doused, reports said. "It is only because our government didn't relent did the Union government allow the event to be held in Bengaluru", he said rejecting criticism from Shobha that parking lot fire incident had blotted the reputation of internationally acknowledged air show.

The fire, which started at 11:55am Indian Time was controlled and no injuries were reported.

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"#AeroShowOpenParkingAreaFire Totally about 100 cars burnt in the fire. The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles", the statement said.

3000 litres of foam normally used to fight aircraft fire was sprayed.

Senior Police Officer M.N. Reddi said the fire spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds. Rakesh, a fire-fighter from Channapatna fire station suffered minor burns while trying to control the fire. More than one lakh visitors are expected to hit the base on February 24, which is the 5th and last day of the show.

Residents of Yelahanka were still recovering from the unfateful mid-air collision of two Surya Kiran 7 aerobatic aircraft that claimed the life of Wing Commander, Sahil Gandhi.

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