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The wife of a Perth man among the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines plane has said she is still praying for a miracle to bring him home.
Danica Weeks broke down in tears when she told Nine News she was still praying her husband Paul Weeks was still alive.
“I can’t give up hope. I would love him to walk through that door, hold him one more time… I see him everywhere in the house,” she said.
“We don’t know … It’s just waiting to hear, and look, we just have to face that when that happens … you know, fingers crossed.”
“It’s so hard, so hard. I mean we are praying for a miracle but what happens I don’t know.”
Mrs Weeks recounted his last day at home with his children and hopes he spent what may have been his last hours looking through photographs from that day.
“He took lots of photos obviously because he had his Surface [tablet] which he was taking with him so we did you know video selfies of the four of us.”
“I hope Paulie would have been looking through it [his photos].”
Mr Weeks was one of two New Zealanders named on a passenger list for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared off the coast of Vietnam yesterday. The other Kiwi was named as Ximin Wang, 50.
The aircraft was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Chinese authorities said the Boeing 777-200 never made it into Chinese airspace.
Mr Weeks left Christchurch for Perth in 2011 with his wife, Danica, and two young children after the earthquakes in search of a better life.
The 39-year-old was en route to Mongolia for his new job with Transwest Mongolia.
Mr Weeks’ older sister, Sara Weeks, of Christchurch, said: ”At the moment we’re all just here hoping to find something out. I think we’re hoping that it landed somewhere nicely and he’s sitting having a coffee. We don’t know anything other than what we have seen on the television, but I think when you put two and two together… it’s not looking good.”
Sara Weeks said she spoke to her brother’s wife in Perth on Sunday morning and “she is very, very upset – naturally. She is of the understanding that it’s looking like the plane has crashed. She is bracing herself for the worst”.
Mr Weeks’ mother, who followed him to Perth and “lives about two doors down on the same street” flew to Christchurch this morning on a pre-booked flight, Sara Weeks said, to attend her 40th birthday next weekend.
”Everyone other than my grandparent moved over there. My mother, my youngest brother and my oldest daughter all flew over this morning. We’re with my grandparents. We’re just basically sitting here watching the news,” she said.
“We’re obviously very upset. But you kind of cling to that little bit of hope when you don’t know.”
Sara Weeks said she had not seen her brother since he moved to Perth, but they kept in regular contact on Skype.
”He had just taken on a new role. That’s why he was heading to Mongolia. He was going to be based there for a month on [at a time]. It was a really good job and he was going to be paid very well,” she said.
”He was excited and looking forward to getting started. It was going to set them up. When [Danica] kissed him goodbye she was hoping he would be back in a month.”
Sara Weeks said her brother was a “lovely man”, “lots of fun” and “very family-oriented”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was in contact with their next of kin and providing consular assistance to the families.
Robyn Preston, Fairfax New Zealand