Wife distraught at MH370 news

Last updated 19:31 25/03/2014

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Family and friends are comforting Danica Weeks hours after she heard the news that the Malaysia Airlines  flight carrying her husband Paul has been confirmed lost in the  Indian Ocean.

Danica Weeks is with the couple’s two young sons in the family home  in Perth’s northern suburbs, about 15 minutes drive from RAAF Base  Pearce where planes looking for any signs of Flight MH370 have been  taking off and landing over the past week.

Her mother, Kay Thompson, said her daughter was too  distraught to talk about the official announcement that the plane  had crashed.

‘‘You can imagine how we feel,’’  Thompson told AAP over the  phone from the home.

‘‘We have been waiting for two weeks and I guess everyone hoped  for something better than this.

‘‘But that is the way it is and we are all dreadfully sad.’’

Thompson had travelled from her Sunshine Coast home and she  said her daughter’s friends from New Zealand and Mandurah, south of  Perth, were also helping her and helping look after the boys,  Lincoln, 3, and 11-month-old Jack.

‘‘We’re a small family unit. They’ve only been living here for  about two-and-a-half years,’’  Thompson said.

‘‘I’m sorry that’s all I can say for now.’’

The Weeks had moved to Perth from Christchurch after the  earthquakes of 2011.

Paul Weeks, a mechanical engineer, had boarded the Malaysia  Airlines Boeing 777 on his way to start a new job in Mongolia.

He was one of two New Zealanders on the flight. The family of  Ximin Wang, 50, of Auckland, have asked for privacy.

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