WASHINGTON, DC – As of Friday, Quinn Lucas Schansman is the only confirmed U.S. citizen who died aboard MH17.
President Obama announced his name during a news conference. Schansman was a dual citizen of the United States and The Netherlands.
The fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is about as official as we`re gonna get right now.
“Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile,” President Obama told White House reporters. “It was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside Ukraine.”
Schansman and nearly 300 others died as the result of the civil war in Ukraine.
Indiana University confirms that Karlijn Keijzer from the Netherlands was also aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 17. She was getting her Ph.D. in chemistry.
Kaylene Mann from Australia had a step-daughter on Flight 17, but she also had a brother and sister-in-law on Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that is still missing.
Also on board, about 100 AIDS researchers and activists on their way to a conference in Australia to meet with former President Bill Clinton.
One woman says she and her baby were supposed to be on board, but missed the flight.
President Obama called the incident a global tragedy that requires a credible international investigation, which includes Russia, the country he holds personally responsible.
“A group of separatists can’t shoot down military transport planes, or they claim, shoot down fighter jets, without sophisticated equipment and sophisticated training and that is coming from Russia.”
Ukrainian officials were quick to release what they claimed were intercepted communications between militants and their Russian military contacts.
The audio is said to be of a conversation between a Russian citizen who reports to a Russian colonel.
“We have just shot down a plane,” he says.
“How many minutes,” the colonel asks.
“About thirty minutes ago,” was the reply.
While politicians figure out who to blame, and how, the rest of the civilized world tries to figure out how to cope with the unimaginable.