An Indonesian Lion Air plane carrying 188 passengers and crew crashed into the sea on Monday, officials said, moments after it had asked to be allowed to return to Jakarta.
The jet vanished from radar just 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the ocean.
Video footage apparently filmed at the scene of the crash showed a slick of fuel on the surface of the water.
“The plane crashed into the water about 30 to 40 metres deep,” he told AFP.
Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said the aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants.
“The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar,” he added in a statement.