The Mosman Park parents of Fatima Dyczynski will arrive in Amsterdam today on a mission to find and bring home their 25-year-old daughter's body.
George Dyczynski and wife Angela flew out for Europe yesterday six days after Miss Dyczynski - a promising aerospace engineer on her way to Perth when she boarded flight MH17 - died with 297 other people aboard the doomed Malaysia Airlines plane.
Dr Dyczynski arrived at Perth Airport wearing a custom-made T-shirt with his daughter's face on the front, emblazoned with the words "Fatima We Love You".
The couple were scheduled to land at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport about 1pm WA time.
Government officials in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands have advised victims' families against immediately travelling to the war-torn eastern Ukraine region where MH17 was shot down.
But Dr Dyczynski said he and his wife would "go on our own" if their daughter was not among the bodies and body parts due to be transported from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv to the Netherlands last night.
The Dyczynskis are some of the first Australians to take Malaysia Airlines up on an offer to travel to Europe after last week's disaster.
An immediate $5000 goodwill payment is also available.
Despite being told there were no survivors, Mrs Rudhart- Dyczynski retained faith her daughter might be alive, citing Miss Dyczysnki's mobile phone still ringing after the crash as a ray of hope.
"We believe that Fatima could be alive - this is why we're going on this trip," she said.
Tributes for the "brilliant" Miss Dyczynski, an aspiring astronaut, have continued to pour in from around the globe, including heartfelt messages of condolence from retired NASA astronauts Leroy Chiao and Story Musgrave.
"One of the most promising, most enterprising and spirited creatures on this planet now departed," Mr Musgrave said. "Our loss is as great as she was."
Miss Dyczynski intended on starting an internship with IBM in Perth this week.
She was also about to fulfil her dream of becoming a permanent Australian resident.
On Valentine's Day this year Miss Dyczynski scribbled some of her aspirations as part of a painting by her mother.
It now hangs in the Dyczynskis' kitchen.