Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Indian air show goes up in flames after 300 vehicles destroyed

Indian air show goes up in flames after 300 vehicles destroyed

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. The fire broke out only moments after spectators were thrilled to see the badminton icon, P V Sindhu, soaring to the skies co-piloting a Tejas LCV (Light Combat Aircraft) trainer.

The fire was being battled by the fire and emergency services as the base went on high alert in the middle of the air show.

Officials, according to reports, suspect a stray cigarette butt to have started the flame which eventually spread to the dry grass and then to the vehicles parked in there. More than one lakh visitors are expected to hit the base on February 24, which is the 5th and last day of the show.

Two customer demonstration flights were on while the fire broke out and the show continued unhampered.

The air show was temporarily suspended and no planes took off from the airbase until the fire was completely extinguished.

No loss of life or injury was reported, said the statement. At least 10 fire force and five fire engines were deployed to control the fire. Likely cause: "dry grass fire aided by heavy winds", Reddi said in a tweet. CFT foam was sprayed on the vehicles to prevent spreading of fire.

A senior RTO official told Deccan Chronicle, "Those who lost their cars in the fire accident have nothing to worry about". Fire under control now.

This incident comes just days after Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, was killed in a mishap involving two aircraft of the Indian Air Force's Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team.

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