Report: 23 U.S. citizens on crashed Malaysia Airlines jet [Updated]


Emergency workers at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash. (Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

Update:

President Obama said on Friday that there was one U.S. citizen confirmed to be aboard the flight, which was shot down with a missile: Quinn Lucas Schansman, who also had Dutch citizenship. She is the only American citizen confirmed to be on the plane thus far. In addition, Karlijn Keijzer, a Dutch woman who had studied at Indiana University, was on the flight.

Read more about the victims — nearly 300 people in total, a toll that includes prominent AIDS researchers, a 77-year-old nun and 80 children — here.

Earlier:

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur went down near the Russia-Ukraine border on Thursday, raising fears that it was shot down. Reuters is reporting that 23 United States citizens are among the more than 300 people killed in the crash. We’re bringing you the latest updates here.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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