Aero India Air Show Suspended Temporarily as Massive Fires Breaks Out

The skies of Bangalore were engulfed with thick black smoke on February 23, 2019, that rose from Yelahanka air base; the venue for this year's aero show.

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. Police suspect that someone could have started the fire with a stray lit cigarette butt. Initial inputs suggest that fire spread through dry grass.

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. There were no injuries reported, according to NDTV.

DGP Fire, MN Reddi tweeted, "Totally about 100 cars burnt in the fire". At least 10 fire force and five fire engines were deployed to control the fire.

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

The fire was controlled by creating a gap between the adjacent cars. Vehicle owners rushed to the spot after they received information about the incident.

The Indian companies are outshining foreign vendors at Aero India with a slew of announcements and large display areas.

Volunteers' help sought: The Forest Department in a bid to contain the fire has sought the help of the volunteers who can work with the fire watchers to control the fire.

"Out of the three aircrews of the two aircraft, Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi died in the crash, while Wing Commander VT Shelke and Squadron Leader T J Singh have been airlifted to Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru".

  • Jon Douglas