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Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

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Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jul 18, 2014

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
   
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.

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.