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President Obama: Plane Shot Down by Missile, 1 American Dead

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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 Obama announced broader economic sanctions against Russia for its threatening moves in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to the U.N. has questioned why Ukrainian aviation authorities allowed a passenger flight through an area of armed clashes where anti-aircraft systems were working.
 
Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was speaking at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday on the downing of a Malaysian airlines jet, killing 298 people on board. He said there should be an impartial and open investigation into what happened, and the outcome should not be prejudged.
 
Churkin said ensuring the security of civilian aviation in a state's airspace is the responsibility of that state.
 
Earlier, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.   (AP)


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