Hundreds of cars gutted in blaze at India air show

The blaze at Aero India 2019 spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds.
The blaze at Aero India 2019 spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds.PHOTO: REUTERS
The blaze at Aero India 2019 spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds.
The blaze at Aero India 2019 spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
The blaze at Aero India 2019 spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds.
The blaze at Aero India 2019 spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI (DPA) - At least 300 cars were destroyed in a fire at the carpark of a government-run air show in India's southern city of Bangalore on Saturday (Feb 23), but no one was injured, officials said.

The cause of the fire could be a lit cigarette that was disposed of on the grass in the open field, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported, citing official sources.

City fire services chief MN Reddi said the blaze at Aero India 2019 spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds.

Huge plumes of black smoke were seen rising from the burnt-out vehicles near the Yelahanka airbase, where an estimated 100 aircraft were parked for the biennial event.

A probe has been ordered to investigate the cause of fire, India's Defence Minsitry said.

The air show was temporarily suspended while the fire spread, and no planes took off from the airbase until the fire was doused, reports said.

The event, which is organised by the Defence Ministry, is among the biggest air shows in the world.

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Saturday's incident comes after two jets of Indian Air Force's Aerobatic Team collided during rehearsals last Tuesday, killing a pilot and injuring two more.