Overheated Silencer ‘Probable Cause’ of Fire Near Aero India Venue

Overheated Silencer ‘Probable Cause’ of Fire Near Aero India Venue

"According to the fire department, 80-100 cars gutted in fire near the venue of Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru". At least 10 fire force and five fire engines were deployed to control the fire.

A blanket of thick black smoke engulfed the area causing panic among locals and visitors to the Aero India event. However, officials at the ground attempted to maintain calm at the air base, The Hindu reported.

Near 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the firefighters were struggling to douse the fire. "There is nothing to worry".

One of India's first three women fighter pilots, Mohana Singh, flew a Hawk-i at the air show, while the Chetak was flown by Flight Lieutenants Amardeep Kaur, Sindhu Reddy and Second Lieutenant Khushboo Gupta.

Initial media reports said "grass fire" was the reason for the incident, but this angle is now ruled out as the area has been continuously used by vehicles in the last four days, leaving barely any grass for the fire to catch.

The likely cause of the fire is dry grass and strong wind. The fire has been fully extinguished now. There are no reports of any injuries. The tragedy took place at the venue of Aero India-2019 event in Yelahanka.

3000 litres of foam normally used to fight aircraft fire was sprayed.

The Aero show will continue as scheduled for the fifth day on Sunday, news agency ANI quoted Indian Air Force PRO Anupam Banerjee, as saying.

Residents of Yelahanka were still recovering from the unfateful mid-air collision of two Surya Kiran 7 aerobatic aircraft that claimed the life of Wing Commander, Sahil Gandhi.

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