Angela and Jerzy (George) Dyczynski of Perth, Australia, were the first relatives of of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to go the crash scene in eastern Ukraine. Susan Ormiston/CBC
The parents of a woman who was on Flight MH17 when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine last week travelled to the scene of the crash Saturday, arriving from Amsterdam after a journey from their home in Perth, Australia.
George and Angela Dyczynski came to the war zone to honour their 25-year-old daughter, Fatima, even though officials have urged families of those who were on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 not to visit.
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"This is the first time we've seen a family come here," CBC's Susan Ormiston reported from the scene, where she talked to the couple. "They were cautioned not to come, that it was dangerous and difficult to get here, but they drove out with local drivers.
"They said they wanted to meet with a rebel leader, someone whom they can ask some questions."
Fatima Dyczynski, who was trained in astronautical engineering, was moving from Germany to Perth to start an internship at IBM before going on to the Netherlands for further study. She and her parents were recently granted permanent residency in Australia, according to media reports.
They last spoke to Fatima shortly before she boarded the flight for Kuala Lumpur in Amsterdam on July 17.
George Dyczynski wore a T-shirt with his daughter's picture and the words "Fatima We Love You" as he and his wife placed a large, colourful bouquet of flowers at the scene.
"They aren't angry and they don't blame anyone," Ormiston said. "They wanted to be here to see for themselves what had happened."
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Two-hundred and ninety-eight people on the plane died. A total of 193 Dutch nationals and 43 Malaysians were on the passenger list. Another victim was 24-year-old medical student Andrei Anghel, from Ajax, Ont.
The first bodies recovered from the scene were returned to the Netherlands on Wednesday.
On Saturday, two cargo planes flew 38 more coffins carrying victims of the disaster out of eastern Ukraine to a forensic centre in the Netherlands for identification.
The planes took off from Kharkiv, a government-controlled city where the bodies have been brought from the crash site in territory held by pro-Russian separatists fighting the Ukrainian government.
U.S. and Ukrainian officials say the plane was shot down by a missile from rebel territory, likely by mistake.
International observers have said there are still remains at the crash site.
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