Missing air passenger's wife 'can't give up'

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 17:30 13/03/2014

Missing plane search area widens further as international hunt fails to yield even a clue about its whereabouts and fate. Paul Chapman reports

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Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein holds satellite images as he speaks about the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 26.

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Danica Weeks still hopes she will see her Kiwi husband Paul again, but she accepts "it's not looking good" as the search for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner he was on continues.

Paul, 38, was travelling to a mining job in Mongolia when flight MH370 with 239 people on board disappeared on Saturday, an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

Speaking from Perth, where the couple moved from Christchurch in 2011, a tearful Danica today told CNN everyday was an eternity.

"You can only go minute by minute and just try and get through the day and hope something comes soon," she said.

"Wishing for the best, of course but ... as it gets a bit further down the track it's not looking good." 

Sobbing as she talked about her husband, she said he was an amazing husband and father.

"He is just so much fun. He was my best friend and my soul mate, and I just can't wait for him to come back. I hope, I hope."

She was still praying she could give Paul back his wedding ring. He left the ring and his watch behind for her to give to their sons Lincoln, 3-1/2, and Jack, 11 months when the boys were married, should something happen to him while he was away.

"I've got it here and I'm praying I can give it back to him. It's all I've got to hold on to," Danica said.

She told CNN the families of passengers on the flight were not getting any information about the search. "Whether they know anything and they're not telling us ... it's just blank."

She told Fox FM she was getting one text a day from Malaysia Airlines.

"I'm in that phase of, 'well how can that be?'

"You can find your phone in the back of a taxi with an app, so how do you lose a plane?

Paul was one of two New Zealanders named on a passenger list for the flight. The other was named as Ximin Wang, 50.  


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