One American Among Those Killed on Plane

President Obama calls for ceasefire and 'credible' investigation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:37 AM CDT
One American Among Those Killed on Plane
Flowers are laid outside the Dutch embassy in Moscow.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

One American was among the 298 people killed in yesterday's Malaysia Airlines crash, President Obama revealed today. The passenger was identified as Quinn Lucas Schansman, though few details about him were immediately available. The US ambassador to the UN said today that the latest US intelligence suggests the plane got hit by a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists, and Obama noted that those separatists have received a "steady flow" of weapons and training from Moscow, reports CNN. Obama also called for an immediate ceasefire (as Vladimir Putin did earlier) and a "credible international investigation."

"Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions," said Obama of the victims. Meanwhile, a final Facebook post from one of those victims has gone viral, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Dutch passenger Cor Pan put up a photo of the jet before boarding with his girlfriend and, in reference to the Malaysian jet that went missing in March, joked, "Should it disappear, this is what it looks like." (One woman has lost loved ones on both Malaysian flights.)

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