Joe Biden: Malaysian airliner 'blown out of the sky'

Joe Biden: Malaysian airliner 'blown out of the sky'
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Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 did not crash, but was rather "blown out of the sky." Speaking at the annual Netroots Nation conference, Biden said it was still too early to say for certain what had happened, but that the plane, "apparently had been shot down."

"Shot down. Not an accident," he continued. "Blown out of the sky."

U.S. intelligence officials have said a surface-to-air missile downed the plane, but have yet to determine who fired it. Ukraine has blamed pro-Russian separatists for the attack, though the rebels denied any involvement.

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