A fire at an air show organized by the government in India destroys hundreds of cars


Firefighters extinguish burning cars following the fire that broke out on a parking lot during the Aero India show at the Yelahanka air force checkpoint in Bengaluru, India. India, February 23, 2019. REUTERS / Stringer

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A fire at an air show in India destroyed three hundred cars on Saturday, said a senior fire official, the latest accident that occurred at the government-sponsored party.

The most likely cause was "dry grass fire, helped by high winds," said Mr. N. Reddi, a fire chief in Bengaluru town, in the south of the country, where the show is taking place. There have been no reports of casualties, he added in a tweet.

ANI, a Reuters partner, showed rows of burnt cars, huge flames and plumes of black smoke.

The Aero India show, led by the country's Ministry of Defense, aims to become one of the world's largest aerospace events, but has seen accidents this year.

On Tuesday, two Indian air force planes collided in mid-flight while they were repeating an aerobatic broadcast, killing one pilot and injuring two others.

A spokesman for the Indian Ministry of Defense did not respond to a request for comment.

Reportage by Alasdair Pal; Edited by Jacqueline Wong

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