25 February, 2019
Meanwhile, Indian Air Force PRO Anupam Banerjee stated that Aero show will continue as scheduled for the fifth day, furthering that people should not pay heed to rumours. Officials said the fire likely started on dry grass, and spread quickly, aided by strong winds. At least 300 vehicles parked in parking area number 5 at the Yelahanka air base, the venue of the airshow, were gutted in the fire.
The Indian companies are outshining foreign vendors at Aero India with a slew of announcements and large display areas. Fire fully extinguished now. As many as 10 fire tenders were dispatched and they managed to bring the blaze under control quickly by creating gaps between cars by removing adjacent cars. 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.
Ground reports state that many came to know about the fire outbreak after hearing a loud "bang". Rakesh, a fire-fighter from Channapatna fire station suffered minor burns while trying to control the fire. There were no injuries reported, according to NDTV.
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A probe has been ordered to investigate the cause of fire, India's Defence Minsitry said.
The 12th edition of Aero India, Asia's biggest air show, opened on Wednesday with an inaugural speech by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
This incident comes just 4 days after an accident involving two airborne planes of Surya Kiran aerobatics team collided with each other during the rehearsals for the air show on February 19 in which one pilot, Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi was killed.