The wife of a Perth man who was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says she is praying for a miracle.
Danica Weeks was being supported by friends and family yesterday as she anxiously waited for news at the home she shares with husband Paul Weeks and their two sons at The Vines.
Mr Weeks, 38, was on his way to Mongolia for his first fly-in, fly-out shift with Transwest Mongolia when the plane bound for Beijing, carrying 239 people, disappeared.
As the desperate search continued, Mrs Weeks said the airline was contacting her every hour but had no news to give her.
"They keep saying they don't know anything, we are just waiting, we're in a holding pattern and taking it minute by minute," she said.
Mr Weeks emailed his wife before the flight to tell her he missed her and their sons Lincoln, three, and Jack, 11 months.
"He sent me an email saying he missed us, that we were his world, and that was the last I heard from him," she said.
Mrs Weeks described Paul as an “amazing husband and even better father”.
The couple moved to Perth from New Zealand for better job opportunities in 2011. Mrs Weeks, who works part time as an accountant, said her husband was “totally excited" to be starting his dream job.
Mr Weeks' mother, who lives in Perth, was in New Zealand when news broke that the plane had failed to arrive.
His sister Sara told Fairfax Media in New Zealand that family members were clinging to hope.
"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."
"We’re obviously very upset. But you kind of cling to that little bit of hope when you don’t know."
Mr Weeks attended Aranui High School before studying at the University of Canterbury. He previously worked for the New Zealand Army.
Sara Weeks said she spoke to her brother’s wife in Perth about 2am today 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".
Six Australians are reported as passengers on the doomed flight, including four Queenslanders who were travelling together.
Catherine and Robert Lawton, from Springfield Lakes, and friends Mary and Rodney Burrows, from Middle Park, are among 239 people on board flight MH370, which slipped off radar screens between Malaysia's east coast and southern Vietnam on Saturday.
Two other Australians on the flight, Li Yuan and Gu Naijun, are from Sydney.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australians’ thoughts are with the passengers and families of those on the missing China-bound jet.
Mr Abbott today described the tragedy as a “horrible, horrible business”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and their families on that ill-fated aircraft, particularly to the six Australian passengers and their families, that have now been confirmed to be on board,” he told reporters in Adelaide.
“We’re looking at ways in which we can help with the search and recovery operation.”
Opposition leader Bill Shorten echoed Mr Abbott’s comments.
“I believe the Australian nation’s thoughts go out to the families of those Australians and New Zealanders that are on this plane, and indeed the families of everyone,” he told reporters in Melbourne.
Vietnam says its search planes have spotted oil slicks in the sea near where the Boeing 777 mysteriously vanished, and ships have been sent to the area.