'Body parts' found off Indonesia after plane crash

Indonesian rescuers say they have found what appear to be human body parts and debris from a missing passenger plane.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from an airport outside Jakarta on Saturday. It was bound for Pontianak in West Kalimantan Province with 62 people on board.

The National Search and Rescue Agency and the navy have been searching waters about 17 kilometers north of the airport. Officials say they found what may be human body parts and wreckage of the aircraft.

On Sunday morning, what appeared to be a slide for an emergency exit was brought into the agency's task force that was set up at a port in northern Jakarta.

Authorities are continuing to search for survivors from the crew and passengers, who are all Indonesian.

In 2018, a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed off Indonesia, killing 189 people on board.

Boeing issued a statement on Saturday, saying it is in contact with the airline and stands ready to support it.