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Int'l probe sought for Malaysia jet incident

Calls are mounting for an impartial international investigation into the alleged shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

The Boeing 777 from Amsterdam was bound for Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers, including Dutch and Malaysian citizens.

The wreckage is scattered over a wide area in a region controlled by pro-Russian separatists. No survivors have been found.

US Vice President Joe Biden has said the jetliner was apparently "blown out of the sky."

The Ukrainian government is accusing "terrorists" of shooting down the aircraft.

The separatists blame the Ukrainian military, saying they do not possess weapons that can strike a plane flying above 10,000 meters high.

The Ukrainian government says it will accept experts from the Netherlands, Malaysia, the United States, and other countries for an international investigation.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or the OSCE, says the separatists suggested during talks on Friday that they will cooperate with an international probe.

The pro-Russians have reportedly recovered the "black box" flight data recorder from the crash site.

Jul. 18, 2014 - Updated 09:53 UTC