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
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.
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.