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Ukraine / Plane Disaster #1127851

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 18, 2014
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by a missile in a war zone in Ukraine introduced; scenes shown of the wreckage and of ribbons on stakes marking the location of bodies.

(Washington: Tom Costello) The hindering of the investigation of the crash site because the area is held by pro-Russian rebels featured; Instagram video from inside the plane before departure shown; scenes shown of local residents and firefighters searching for victims; details given about reports of shots fired; map shown. [President OBAMA – says evidence indicates the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.] [Voice of "New York Times" reporter Sabrina TAVERNISE†- describes the scene.] [NBC counterterrorism analyst Michael LEITER†- notes the importance of information that could come from the FBI’s involvement.] Malaysia Airlines’ defense of the decision to fly over the area noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The US investigation into who is responsible for the attack reviewed; details given about the suspicion that the Russian military was involved; video of a missile launcher on a truck headed for the Russian border shown.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Obama’s criticism of Russia for failing to stop the fighting in the region featured; scenes shown of memorials at the Dutch embassies in Kiev & Moscow, and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with clergy; audiotape of a conversation between a separatist and a Russian major about how they mistakenly shot down a passenger plane played. [US Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha POWER††- says Russia must end this war.] [OBAMA – suggests adding more sanctions against Russia.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Amsterdam: Katy Tur) The mourning for the victims featured; scenes shown of flags at half-mast and a memorial in the Netherlands; photos shown of victims, including Neeltje Tol††, Cor Schilder††, American Quinn Schansman†, Mo, Evie & Otis Maslin†, Karlijn Keijzer††, and AIDS expert Joep Lange††. [WOMAN, MAN, Quinn’s grandfather Ronald SCHANSMAN†– react.] [NBC News chief medical editor Nancy SNYDERMAN – comments on the loss of several AIDS experts.]

(Kuala Lumpur: Miguel Almaguer) The mourning in Malaysia featured; photos shown of victims Shazana Salleh†† and Sanjid Sandhu††; scenes shown of family members gathering at the airport in Kuala Lumpur and of grieving families after the disappearance of MH370 4 months ago. [Sandu’s PARENTS – react.] [Widow of MH370 victim Danica Weeks††- says she hopes Malaysia is more forthcoming on this end.] [CNBC auto & airline industry reporter Phil LeBEAU†- says Malaysia Airlines has 2 high profile incidents that make the public question whether these guys can do a good job.]

Williams, Brian;
Costello, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Tur, Katy;
Almaguer, Miguel

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