Photo: Press Trust of India - Shailendra Bhojak

Aero India 2019 – Hundreds of cars burned in the parking lot

After the tragic accident on tuesday 19th of February, when two Hawks of the Indian Air Force display team collided mid-air (ARTICLE) during the training-flight for Aero India 2019, the news are also about the event: Nearly 300 vehicles have been destroyed in big fire at the parking lot of Aero India in Bengaluru yesterday.

According to the article of NDTV: Senior police officer MN Reddi said the fire spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds. Hundreds of vehicles, including two-wheelers and cars, were seen parked in files in the open ground, surrounded by fire. The fire, which started at 11:55 am 23rd of February, has been brought under control and no injuries have been reported.

Indian firefighters gather next to the burned remains of cars in the public parking lot of the Aero India 2019 show after more than 200 vehicles caught fire at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on February 23, 2019. – The Aero India 2019 airshow starts on February 20 and ends on February 24. (Photo by STR / AFP)

A Defence Ministry statement said the parking area is located well away from the venue, on the other side of the highway.

“IAF immediately launched one helicopter for aerial assessment, the helicopter assisted by providing effective directions to fight the fire. The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles,”

The airshow has been suspended, no flying displays happened after the accident.

Photo: NDTV