How swift action averted major fire disaster at Aero India


An ace pilot of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was killed on Tuesday when two Hawk trainer jets of the Surya Kiran aerobatic team crashed mid-air while rehearsing for the Aero India show here. The fire brigade and Rapid Action Force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams had doused the blaze in about 40 minutes after it was noticed around noon.

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.

Saturday was the fourth and second-last of Aero India 2019 which commenced on February 20.

According to a report by NDTV, more than 300 cars have been destroyed due to a fire that broke out in a parking lot that contains nearly a thousand cars.

10 Fire Force and five other fire engines were rushed to the spot under the leadership of Chief Fire Officer, West, senior police officer MN Reddi tweeted, adding that the fire has been completely extinguished. Auto owners rushed to the spot after they received information about the incident.

Ground reports state that many came to know about the fire outbreak after hearing a loud "bang".

No loss of life or injury was reported, said the statement. One of the main reasons that it is hard to control the fire is the strong winds that are blowing causing the fast spread of fire.

The fire started at 11:55 a.m. and has been brought under control as of this writing.

The 12th edition of Aero India, Asia's biggest air show, opened on Wednesday with an inaugural speech by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.