UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council has approved a statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" of a downed Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.
The press statement expresses the council's "deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and governments of all those killed in the crash."
Council members stood in a moment of silent tribute to the 298 victims at the start of an emergency council meeting Friday morning.
The council called for an investigation "in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines and for appropriate accountability."
It stressed the need for "immediate access by investigators to the crash site to determine the cause of the incident."
The jetliner was shot down Thursday as it flew high above separatist-held territory.