ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ The World Cup qualifier between Israel and Austria was postponed Thursday by soccer's governing body, citing the crash of a charter flight from Tel Aviv.

FIFA president Joseph Blatter said the ``tragic event'' forced the federation's emergency committee to put off Sunday's scheduled match in Tel Aviv.

No further details on a makeup date were released.

A Russian chartered airliner heading from Israel to Siberia exploded Thursday and crashed off the Black Sea coast with at least 76 people on board.

U.S. officials said a missile fired during a military training exercise in Ukraine appeared to have accidentally brought down the plane. Ukraine denied that theory. A Defense Ministry spokesman said all the missiles fired in the exercise hit their proper targets and that there was no evidence a civilian plane entered the training area.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said terrorism could be the cause of the crash.