300 vehicles burnt as massive fire engulfs Aero India show in Bengaluru

Fire breaks out at car parking area near the venue of Aero India. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 23, 2019, 04.04 PM (IST)

Around 300 vehicles have been gutted after a massive fire broke out at the parking lot of Bengaluru's Yelahanka Air Force Station, where the Aero India 2019 show was being held. 

The most likely cause was a "dry grass fire aided by heavy winds", said MN Reddi, a fire official in Bengaluru where the show is taking place. There were no reports of casualties, he said in a tweet.

"In all, 300 cars burnt in the fire incident. Fire fully extinguished now.  10 Fire Force and 5 other fire engines fought the fire under the leadership of Chief Fire Officer,  West," he added.

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Footage showed rows of burnt-out cars and huge flames and plumes of black smoke.

The Aero India show, run by the country's defence ministry, aims to become one of the world's premier aerospace events but has been troubled by accidents this year.

On Tuesday, two Indian Air Force planes collided in mid-air while rehearsing an aerobatic show, killing one pilot and injuring two others.

(With inputs from Reuters)