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Fire at government-run airshow in India destroys hundreds of cars

  • Published at 05:15 pm February 23rd, 2019
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Indian firefighters gather next to the burned remains of cars in the public parking lot of the Aero India 2019 show after more than 200 vehicles caught fire at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on February 23, 2019 AFP

Footage from Reuters partner ANI showed rows of burnt-out cars and huge flames and plumes of black smoke

A fire at an airshow in India destroyed three hundred cars on Saturday, a senior fire official said, the latest accident to mar the government-run event.

The most likely cause was a "dry grass fire aided by heavy winds", said MN Reddi, a fire official in the southern city of Bengaluru where the show is taking place. There were no reports of casualties, he added in a tweet.

Footage from Reuters partner ANI showed rows of burnt-out cars and huge flames and plumes of black smoke.

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.

On Tuesday, two Indian Air Force planes collided in mid-air while rehearsing an aerobatic show, killing one pilot and injuring two others.

A spokesman for India's defence ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

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