The parents of one of the passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine nearly two weeks ago believe that their daughter could still be alive and are calling on expert scientists to investigate.
George and Angela Dyczynski – the parents of 25-year-old Fatima Dyczynski, who was on board flight MH17 when it crashed – said that there was a “possibility” that their daughter could still be alive and have questioned whether it was "only" a missile that had hit the plane.
Speaking to the Australian Associated Press in Amsterdam, following a five-day trip to eastern Ukraine and the crash site of the downed plane, Dr George Dyczynski said that there was a “small possibility that something survived” and called for “more scientific investigations” to begin immediately.
Speaking to AP, Dr Dyczynski said: “Maybe other perspectives are important to investigate. It's not only maybe a missile [that downed MH17] but something more.
“If it would have been a missile, and the rebels shot down this aeroplane, they would not have handed out the black boxes.
“There is a small possibility that something still survived,” Fatima's father said.
Before the crash, Ms Dyczynski was a talented engineer who was particularly interested in aerospace design.
She had just launched her own business and aimed to start sending nano-satellites into space.
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Dr Dyczynski believes that the scientific community that Fatima belonged to should now help with fresh investigations to find out whether the initial ideas on what happened to the plane are true.
He said: “We want more scientific investigations with the data that's already gathered. It should start now - not wait months and months until we forget.
“She was an aerospace engineer, she was a scientist, she was a young person with new ideas and new perspectives and new horizons.”
Following his speech, Dr Dyczynski was keen to make people aware that he and his wife would be willing to sue if there was any suggestion that their daughter had been killed before undisputable evidence was brought to them.
Earlier this week, the Dyczynskis had given DNA samples to the team of investigators in the Netherlands who are currently working around the clock to try to identify the bodies of the victims.
Since then, friends had been helping the Dyczynskis to pinpoint Fatima’s last movements and the location of her car, after one of her associates said that she had changed to flight MH17 at the last moment, but was unsure why.
The Dyczynskis have received the backing of Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, who has been in contact with the couple since the crash.
As a mark of thanks to Ms Bishop, the Dyczynskis have given her one of the four sunflowers taken from the crash site, with the other three going to the Netherlands' Princess Beatrix and Fatima's two grandmothers.
It is believed that the Dyczynskis will stay in Amsterdam for the next few days before returning back to Australia.
Additional reporting by AP