This has  got to  be some  sick hoax
Emotional: Danica Weeks. Picture: 60 Minutes

The Perth wife of missing MH370 passenger Paul Weeks has spoken of the last time she saw her husband, her anger at being told of his death by text message and how she fears the moment she will have to tell their two young sons that their father won't be coming home.

In an emotional interview with 60 Minutes last night, Danica Weeks broke down repeatedly as she told how she heard the news that the plane had disappeared.

"I thought this has got to be a hoax. This has got to be some sick hoax," she said.

Mrs Weeks said she was called at her Perth home by a reporter who had told her: "There's been an incident with the plane."

"And I just ran out. I didn't know what to do," she said.

"My mum was there. I just dropped the phone.

"I just ran out to the backyard screaming. I honestly thought 'the plane's crashed'.

"And I didn't know that was just too much to take.

"I just dropped the phone and I said 'Mum, you're just going to have to talk to her . . . I can't, I can't'.

"And she said, 'What's wrong, what's wrong?'

"And I just ran out to the backyard and I started screaming.

"(I was) just overwhelmed, not believing it."

Paul Weeks' brother and mother rushed to the house to be with her. The brother looked at the itinerary "and he walked through the hall and just shook his head and he said, 'It's his plane'".

Paul Weeks, a 39-year-old mechanical engineer from New Zealand based in Perth's northern suburbs, was travelling to Mongolia for his first shift in a fly-in, fly-out job.

Mrs Weeks said the days of no news before the massive sea and air search was diverted to the southern Indian Ocean were crushing.

"You can't give up. You can't give up," she said.

"Eighteen days is a long time to go through that. It's agonising. Every day having no finality, no answers."

She said when Malaysia Airlines finally informed her that her husband had almost certainly died, it was by text message.

The message, sent to families of those aboard, read: "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those aboard survived. As you'll hear in the next hour from the Malaysian Prime Minister, we must accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean."

Mrs Weeks said she couldn't believe the message had been sent.

"I didn't handle it. (I was) hysterical, obviously. Just sickened . . sickened that somebody would actually send me a text message to say that my loved one was dead," she said.

"This is my husband, my loving husband and father of my children and you send me a text message?"

Mrs Weeks said she had still not told their two sons - three-year old Lincoln and 10-month-old Jack - of their father's fate.

She said she was dreading the moment she would have to.

"We did everything together as a family," she said.

"And when you look in your children's eyes . . . I feel the pain because I know the man Paul was and the enormity of what they're going to miss out on for the rest of their lives.

"That is so overwhelming for me, that when I look at Lincoln I have to tell him his dad is gone.

"I think I have to (tell them). Because you have got to tell the kids the truth.

"But Lincoln, even this morning he was having a meltdown: 'I'm missing Daddy, I'm missing Daddy. When is Daddy coming home? Is Daddy still missing?'"

She said the moment she last saw Paul was for ever etched in her mind.

"He kissed me goodbye and hugged me and, of course, he hugged the boys," she said.

"And as he was walking, he turned around and Lincoln screamed out 'I love you'.

"And he blew us a kiss and walked out the door.

"And that was it.

"That picture was for ever in my brain and, of course, I cried the whole way home with my sunglasses on.

"I wasn't so tough in front of Lincoln. I turned up the music and cried all the way to soccer."

When she found out that the plane carrying her husband had diverted course and travelled south, it was hard to process.

"To know that they'd actually flown straight past us. So close," she said.

"I would have been out in the shops at the time.

"I've thought this through. I was in Perth merrily going along our family way while he was crashing into the ocean."

As she walks along a Perth beach, Mrs Weeks says: "It just feels so haunting to be here. To see the sea and think that's where he ended up."

The West Australian

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