President Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says one American was killed on the plane over Ukraine. He says the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

The president called it a global tragedy in remarks from the White House, one day after Malaysia Airline Flight 17 crashed.

He is calling for a credible international investigation

The plane was shot down near the border between Ukraine and Russia. The incident occurred one day after the president announced broader economic sanctions against Russia for its threatening moves in Ukraine.


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President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Friday morning.

U.S. officials have said the plane was shot down Thursday by a missile. But the Obama administration has not said who it believes is responsible for firing the missile.

So far there has been no confirmation of any Americans on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that was carrying 298 people.

The plane was shot down near the border between Ukraine and Russia. The incident occurred one day after President Obama announced broader economic sanctions against Russia for its threatening moves in Ukraine.


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