One American Among the Victims of Malaysia Airlines Crash

By ABC

Published 07/18 2014 03:02PM

Updated 07/18 2014 03:04PM

(ABC NEWS) A U.S. citizen is among the nearly 300 victims killed in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine.

During a press conference Friday at the White House, President Obama identified the victim as Quinn Lucas Schansman.

U.S. intelligence officials believe the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian backed separatists.

The plane was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The president called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine so a credible international investigation can take place.

Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.