One month ago, Paul Weeks was a 39-year-old engineer, flying to Mongolia for his first shift on a brand new a fly-in fly-out job. Today he is gone.
You’ve undoubtedly heard his name in a news report by now… because Paul Weeks was one of the Australians travelling on board flight MH370.
It’s difficult to imagine what the families of people like Paul, and others on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, must be going through. It’s difficult to comprehend that level of devastation. That degree of uncertainty. That magnitude of pain.
Danica Weeks – and her two sons Lincoln, 3, and Jack, 11 months – have lost a husband and a father. The family live in Perth, and Danica is still struggling with the fact that she was on the closest land mass to where the plane is suspected to have eventually crashed. She was going about her day in Perth, while her husband crashed into the ocean.
“To know they had flown straight past us, so close to home, so close,” Danica says, her voice shaking. “And I would’ve been out at the shops at the time.”
For Danica, each new revelation from the Malaysian Government has been more difficult than the last… First, she was alerted to the fact that MH370 was missing by a journalist who called her for a comment. The reporter told her that, “There’s been an incident with the plane.”
Her reaction? She ran into the yard, and screamed.
Then, Danica had to receive that much-discussed text message from the Malaysian government, which announced that the individuals on board the plane were now presumed dead. In this instance, she says her reaction was that she was “sickened that someone would actually send me a text message to say that my loved one was dead”.
And now, Danica has to find a way to tell her two boys what has happened to their father.
Danica told 60 Minutes, “When you look into your children’s eyes… and I feel the pain because I know personally the man Paul was and I know 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 has gone.”