A fire broke out in the parking area of the Aero India 2019 air show being held in Bengaluru on Saturday morning near the Yelahanka Air Base, destroying hundreds of vehicles, PTI reported.
Karnataka Director General of Police (Fire Services) MN Reddi said 300 cars were charred in the fire. Ten fire force and five other fire engines managed to bring the blaze under control, he added.
The smoke that bellowed from the parking area caused panic among the visitors. However, officials at the ground attempted to maintain calm at the air base, The Hindu reported. “The fire and smoke you see [is] from normal domestic fire of dried leaves,” repeated announcements during the show said. “There is nothing to worry.”
Earlier this week, a pilot was killed after two aircraft of the Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team clashed during rehearsals for the air show.