Malaysia plane shot down over Ukraine, nearly 300 killed


Malaysia plane shot down over Ukraine, nearly 300 killed

A hunt for wreckage and evidence is underway in eastern Ukraine Friday after a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 298 passengers was shot down.

U.S. intelligence authorities said a surface-to-air missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Thursday as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, but could not say who fired it. 

The Ukraine government in Kiev, the separatist pro-Russia rebels they are fighting and the Russia government that Ukraine accuses of supporting the rebels all deny shooting the passenger plane down. Moscow also denies backing the rebels.

Bodies, debris and burning wreckage of the Boeing 777 were strewn over a field near the rebel-held village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border, where fighting has raged for months.

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  • Obama speaks about plane disaster, identifies 1 American as dead

    President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed
    and called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for an unfettered

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    Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18,
    2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

  • Here's the latest on Malaysia Flight 17 that was shot down in Ukraine killing everyone on board.

    • Flags are flying at half-staff in the Netherlands.  The majority of the nearly 300 victims were from there.  People from nine other nations were also killed.  So far just one American passenger has been confirmed as on the plane. 
    • Many victims were AIDS researchers heading to an international conference in Australia.  The University of Maryland School of Medicine issued a statement saying some were dear colleagues. 
    • At the crash site in eastern Ukraine, the investigation into what happened is well underway. The U.N. Security Council is calling for an independent, international effort.  Investigators from the FBI and NTSB are on their way. 
    • President Obama says at least one American was killed in the Ukraine air disaster. Quinn Lucas Schansman was a dual Dutch-American citizen.President Obama says the missile came from an area controlled by Russian separatists. 
    • The United States' representative tells an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council  ``We cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel.''
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