Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: At least one American killed on MH17, Quinn Lucas Schansman

Announcement made by President Obama Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama announced Friday that there was at least one American citizen on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 when it was shot down on Thursday. The man's name was Quinn Lucas Schansman. The State Department said Schansman is a U.S.-Dutch citizen, according to ABC News.

The plane crashed Thursday near the border between Ukraine and Russia killing all 298 people on board.

Flight 17 originated in Amsterdam and most of the passengers were from the Netherlands.

Malaysia Airlines said the passengers included 189 people from the Netherlands, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonensians, nine Britons, four people from Belgium, four Germans, three people from the Philippines, one person from Canada and one person from New Zealand.

Obama said American officials are still working through the passenger list to determine if any other Americans were on board. However, the State Department said no one checked into the flight using an American passport.

 

-- Missile to blame? --

Obama said 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 and called for a credible international investigation.

One day before the crash, Obama had announced broader economic sanctions against Russia for its threatening moves in Ukraine. He said Friday that Ukrainian separatists are heavily armed and trained because of Russian support.

Among the unanswered questions is whether the missile was launched from the Russian or Ukrainian side of the border they share.

The U.S. has sophisticated technologies that can detect missile launches, including the identification of heat from a rocket engine.

ABC News reported that twice this week, the Russian rebels shot down two different kinds of Ukrainian military aircraft with their missiles. ABC said U.S. officials believe the rebels mistakenly hit the Malaysian Boeing 777 aircraft while trying to target a third military plane on Thursday.

 

-- Black boxes --

A pro-Russia rebel leader says no black boxes have been found in the scattered wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over eastern Ukraine, conflicting with a statement made by an aide to a rebel military leader.

Separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai says "no black boxes have been found ... We hope that experts will track them down and create a picture of what has happened."

Earlier Friday, an aide to rebel military leader Igor Girkin, a Russian better known by his assumed name Strelkov, said authorities had recovered eight out of 12 recording devices.

 

-- Recovering the victims --

A Ukrainian official says 181 bodies have been located so far at the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

A Ukraine Foreign Ministry representative says the bodies will be taken for identification to Kharkiv, a government-controlled city 170 miles north of the crash site.

 

-- Flight plan --

Malaysia Airlines released a statement Friday that said "MH17’s flight plan was approved by Eurocontrol, who are solely responsible for determining civil aircraft flight paths over European airspace."

Malaysia Airlines said the route over Ukrainian airspace is commonly used for Europe to Asia flights and that a flight from a different carrier was on the same route at the time of the MH17 incident.

The airline said the International Civil Aviation Organization identified an area over the Crimean peninsula as risky and that MH17 did not fly into that area.

"Following this incident, Malaysia Airlines now avoids Ukrainian airspace entirely, flying further south over Turkey," the airline said.

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