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July 22nd, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Remembering a victim, and a visionary aboard MH17

(CNN) –  Fatima Dyczynski was an innovator, a visionary, and sadly, one of the innocent victims, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The 25-year-old aerospace engineer was on her way from Amsterdam to begin a new life in Perth, Australia as an intern at IBM.

She had already launched her own tech start up company, and shared her dream of personalizing satellite technology to bring a global perspective to humankind.

"If all world leaders, could have this experience, maybe we would have less conflict, on our planet," she said at a TedX forum in the Netherlands.

Five days after the crash, there are still so few answers for the people who love Fatima, and that uncertainty has her parents hoping against hope that somehow, their miraculous daughter, who they called "an angel of peace," might have somehow survived the horrific crash over a war zone.

Fatima had flown glider planes, she trained in kung fu daily, and was a healthy young woman, her mother says.

"If there is one person who could have survived, it's our daughter," Angela Dyczynski  said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"In my heart, and in my mind, I got a message, and the message was: 'I really give you this daughter back,'" said her father,  George Dyczynski .

The parents felt there were many signs that their hope isn't misplaced, including the fact that her cell phone was still connecting after the crash. A friend of Fatima had called it, and "the phone was answering in Ukrainian language," said her father.

The grieving parents say the plane was shot-down. Her father calls it "a new kind of crime."

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