The packed Lion Air flight JT610 lost contact with ground control 13 minutes after takeoff in Jakarta.
Aviation tracking website Flightradar24 says the Lion Air plane that crashed after takeoff from Jakarta was a brand-new aircraft that has only been in use for a couple of months.
An Indonesian plane carrying at least 188 passengers has crushed in the sea off Jakart (capital city) shortly after take off.
The aircraft has a total capacity of 180 passengers, which means that the 737 MAX was completely booked out on the flight.
Lion Air president-director Edward Sirait said the plane had a "technical problem" on its previous flight from Bali to Jakarta but it had been fully remedied. The spokesman added Capt Bhavya has clocked more than 6,000 flight hours, while his co-pilot has more than 5,000 flight hours.
The only news that came, though, was of body parts and debris found floating in the water around the crash site.
The country's carriers have in the past faced years-long bans from entering European Union and United States airspace over their safety records.
A passenger feared dead in the Indonesian plane disaster sent a selfie to his wife just before take-off, it has emerged. "We're confused. We hope that our family is still alive".
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Afterwards, the girls would leave the body parts at the school's entrance before killing themselves, they said. When the girl's mother called the school, the assistant principal found the students hiding in the bathroom.
Bhavyte Suneja was the captain of the Indonesian Lion Air Flight.
He said that items such as headphones and life vests were found in waters about 30 metres deep near where the plane lost contact.
Earlier this morning, Lion Air flight JT610 suddenly fell off the radar minutes after taking off.
"The South African government wishes the Indonesian government and people, particularly the affected families, strength during this time of grief", said Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spokesman for the national department of global relations and cooperation (Dirco).
"Indeed there were reports about a technical problem, and the technical problem has been resolved in accordance with the procedures released by the plane manufacturer", he said.
Sony Setiawan, an official in Indonesia's finance ministry, was set to board Lion Air's JT 610 flight on Monday, October 29, but missed it as he did not reach the airport on time.
But Lion Air also has a history of accidents dating back to 2002, less than three years after it was founded by Indonesian brothers Rusdi and Kusnan Kirana.
Lion Air, a low-priced airline, has been involved in a number of mishaps.