As many as 150 vehicles were gutted in a fire that broke out in a parking lot at the venue of the 2019 Aero India show being conducted by the defence ministry at the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru. No casualties have been reported. The fire has been extinguished completely.
According to defence ministry, 150 vehicles were gutted by fire. It also claimed that the Air Show and Aero India venues were unaffected. “A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of fire,” it added.
To control the fire, 12 fire engines were rushed to the spot. The cause of the fire was not yet known but sources said it could have been a lit cigarette that was thrown into the grass which may have started the fire.
The fire broke out just moments after badminton star PV Sindhu took to the skies co-piloting the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas’ trainer variant.
Seven ambulances were stationed at the site in case of any causalities.
The parking spot is located around a few kilometres away from where the air show is being held. DGP Fire Services MN Reddi said that the spread of fire was controlled by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars.
It may be recalled that last Tuesday, two aircrafts of IAF’s aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed after hitting each other mid-air on Tuesday, killing a pilot and injuring two who ejected to safety during a rehearsal for the Aero India show.