Bangalore Air Show 2019 Fire Accident; Nearly 300 Vehicles Burnt To Ashes

Cheryl Sanders
February 24, 2019

The fire brigade and Rapid Action Force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams had doused the blaze in about 40 minutes after it was noticed around noon.

Almost 300 cars were gutted in the inferno that broke out at Gate 5 just outside the airshow venue in Yelahanka air base, Bengaluru, southern India.

In addition, a report in the Youtube video by Power Stroke PS stated that the fire broke out after an Indian badminton icon, P. V. Sindhu, soared to the skies while co-piloting a Tejas Ligh Combat Aircraft.

The billowing smoke raised panic at the show being held across the Airport Road in the air base. Over 1,500 cars - primarily those who had bought the exhibition area tickets for ₹1,500 each - had parked at Gate 5. One of the main reasons that it is hard to control the fire is the strong winds that are blowing causing the fast spread of fire.

Senior officials from the fire department said that the cause of the fire could be from cigarette butts thrown on the grass in the open field.

Volunteers' help sought: The Forest Department in a bid to contain the fire has sought the help of the volunteers who can work with the fire watchers to control the fire. Hundreds of vehicles, including two-wheelers and cars, were seen parked in files in the open ground, surrounded by fire. Almost 20 cars burnt. The five-day biennial air show went on unaffected by the fire incident, which came four days after two jets of Indian Air Force's aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed, killing a pilot a day before the opening of the event on February 19.

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