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Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - President Barack Obama says the "eyes of the world on eastern Ukraine" and the United States is going to make sure that truth gets out about why a commercial airliner was downed while flying over the country.

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.

A United States envoy to the United Nations says the U.S. can't rule out help from Russian personnel in downing plane in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, council members stood in a moment of silent tribute to the 298 victims at the start of an emergency council meeting Friday morning.

The council called for an investigation "in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines and for appropriate accountability."

It stressed the need for "immediate access by investigators to the crash site to determine the cause of the incident."

The jetliner was shot down Thursday as it flew high above separatist-held territory.


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