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Credible probe of crash sought

Leaders demand unfettered access

Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
A pro-Russian fighter stands guard at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Hrabove in eastern Ukraine on Friday. Rescue workers, policemen, and even off-duty coal miners combed the sprawling area for wreckage. All 298 aboard the jetliner were killed.

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) – World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.

At an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. pointed blame at the separatists, saying Washington believes the jetliner carrying 298 people, including 80 children, likely was downed by an SA-11 missile, and “we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel.”

Emergency workers and local coal miners recovered bodies from grasslands and fields of sunflowers, where the wreckage of the Boeing 777 fell Thursday.

About 30 officials, mostly from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, arrived at the crash site between the villages of Rozsypne and Hrabove.

The dead passengers were from nearly a dozen nations, including one American, according to President Barack Obama.

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