NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — As night fell on Ukraine Friday, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still sat in miles of open fields, and the bodies of many passengers on board still haven’t been removed.
One American with dual Dutch-American citizenship was among those killed on the plane, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.
Quinn Schansman, 19, was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey and was in his first year of college at the University of Amsterdam, CBS 2’s Don Champion reported.
His grandfather, who is from Amsterdam and on vacation, spoke from a relative’s home in southern New Jersey on Friday.
“As a grandparent you just hope that none of the children or the grandchildren will go before you, and now it has happened,” Ronald Schansman said.
Schansman was studying business and on his way to meet family members for a vacation in Indonesia when he boarded the doomed flight, Champion reported.
On Friday, President Barack Obama said the “eyes of the world are on eastern Ukraine” and called for a credible investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane, saying “we are going to make sure that the truth is out.”
In remarks from the White House, Obama said evidence so far indicates that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.
In all, the attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations.
Passengers on the plane also included a large contingent of world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists headed to an international AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. News of their deaths sparked an outpouring of grief across the global scientific community.
“This was a global tragedy,” Obama said. “An Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies filled with citizens from many countries, so there has to be a credible, international investigation into what happened.”
He noted it wasn’t the first time the separatists had shot down planes in the region, adding that a “steady flow of support from Russia” had included heavy weapons and anti-aircraft weapons.
He called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for a full investigation.
“Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants — who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine,” Obama said. “Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.”
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Friday all signs point to Russia for supplying and training the separatists, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.
“The missiles are highly sophisticated,” the New York Democrat said. “You don’t just buy an SA-11 missile at a store.
“It looks like President Putin has blood on his hands.”