An official of Indonesian National Search and Rescue agency believed no one has survived the air crash on Monday after a Lion Air flight carrying 189 people lost contact off the coast of Java island.
Body parts, belongings of passengers and debris of the aircraft were retrieved from the sea, officials said.
Lion Air flight JT610, an almost new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was en route to Pangkal Pinang, capital of the Bangka-Belitung tin mining region. Rescue officials said they had recovered some human remains from the crash site, about 15 km (9 miles) off the coast.
Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets, but its safety record is patchy. If all aboard have died, the crash will be the country's second-worst air disaster since 1997, industry experts said.
Meanwhile, tearful relatives of passengers who were onboard the aircraft waited for news at the airport where the flight was supposed to land. "I waited until after 8 a.m. (0100GMT) but there was still no news so I asked an official, then he said the flight had lost contact," said one relative, Maryani, who added that she had yet to receive a further update.
Lion Air flight JT610, an almost new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was en route to Pangkal Pinang, the capital of the Bangka-Belitung tin mining region. The pilot had asked to return to base (RTB) after the plane took off from Jakarta. It lost contact with ground staff after 13 minutes.