First plane carrying dead from Hajj stampede arrives in Iran

TEHRAN: The first plane carrying bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in the Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia arrived in on Tehran Saturday, nine days after the disaster.


President Hassan Rouhani and other senior officials were at the airport for the arrival of the plane, which carried 104 bodies. State TV says another flight is due later in the day.

Saudi authorities say 769 pilgrims died in the stampede near the holy city of Makkah in the worst disaster to strike the annual pilgrimage in a quarter-century. Iran appears to have lost the largest number of pilgrims, with 464 dead.