UN Security Council wants probe of Ukraine crash

GRABOVKA, UKRAINE - JULY 18:  A Ukrainian police officer searches for human remains found in a field on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine. Air Malaysia flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed yesterday on the Ukraine/Russia border near the town of Shaktersk. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people including crew members, the majority of the passengers being Dutch nationals, believed to be at least 173, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians and 9 Britons. It has been speculated that the passenger aircraft was shot down by a surface to air missile by warring factions in the region.  (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) (Brendan Hoffman, 2014 Getty Images)
Air Malaysia Passenger Jet Crashes In Eastern Ukraine Killing All On Board (Brendan Hoffman, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/18 7:42 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has approved a statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" of a downed Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.

The press statement expresses the council's "deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and governments of all those killed in the crash."

Council members stood in a moment of silent tribute to the 298 victims at the start of an emergency council meeting Friday morning.

The council called for an investigation "in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines and for appropriate accountability."

It stressed the need for "immediate access by investigators to the crash site to determine the cause of the incident."

The jetliner was shot down Thursday as it flew high above separatist-held territory.

 

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