When Danica Weeks heard her husband Paul was aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 she began screaming in disbelief at what was surely a "sick hoax".
She relived the moment in an interview with 60 Minutes, which aired in Australia last night.
She said she was at home in Perth "merrily going along our family way" while Paul was probably crashing into the Indian Ocean. "To know they had flown straight past us, so close to home, so close. And I would've been out at the shops at the time."
Paul Weeks was father to 3-year-old Lincoln and 11-month-old Jack. "When you look into your children's eyes and I feel the pain because I know what they're going to miss out on for the rest of their lives. That is so overwhelming. When I look at Lincoln I have to tell him his dad has gone," Danica said.
Paul was flying to Mongolia to take up a new job, the family having left Christchurch for Perth in 2011 in search of a better life.
She expressed outrage at the way she learnt her husband was dead - via text message from Malaysia Airlines.
"I didn't handle it. Just sickened, sickened that someone would actually send me a text message to say that my loved one was dead."
She said her husband's personality would remain alive through his sons.
"Lincoln is just . . . is such his personality, and Jack is just the spitting image of him. And that's what Paul always said, that, you know, anything he did in his life, any achievement, they were his greatest achievements."
- The Dominion Post
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