In the first ever major air crash in Karnataka on Saturday morning at Mangalore, the State Fire and Emergency Services made use of foam in an attempt to expeditiously put off the fire.

Controlling major fire through foam has been a tested solution for such exigencies and the foam cuts off the oxygen and thus prevents fire from getting intense. Foam is an important tool in extinguishing fire, said B.G. Chengappa, the Director of Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services.

We were quick to respond to the call and were able to put off the fire within an hour. Our people have acted rightly and quickly, Mr. Chengappa said.

Mr. Chengappa said 10 fire engines and two rescue vans were taken Mangalore, Kadri, Udupi, Moodabidari, Karkala and Puttur. Three fire engines from New Mangalore Port Trust and Mangalore Chemicals respectively and two fire engines from the Mangalore Airport were involved in operations.

Meanwhile Director General of Police (Fire Services) Jija Madhavan Hari Singh has rushed to Mangalore by a special flight to reach Mangalore, while Mr. Chengappa is reaching by road. Our personnel have done their job. We are going there to assess the situation and also boast our personnel, Mr. Chengappa told The Hindu.