A Lion Air flight en route to Panama Pinang from Jakarta has crashed, an Indonesian official said Monday morning.
A search and rescue officer said contact with the Airlines was lost 13 minutes from flight take off, at 6:33 AM.
It later confirmed that rescue work for the flight that is feared to have crashed has been initiated.
Indonesian search and rescue teams are now en route to the crash site, while a tug boat working in the area near where the plane is suspected to have crashed was the first to report seeing debris in the water.
Families of passengers on the plane have started to flock to the airport at Pangkal Pinang, where the plane was to have landed.