Search teams are urgently hunting for more than 60 people after the plane they were travelling in crashed earlier today.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 plane lost contact after taking off from Indonesian capital Jakarta earlier today en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province.

According to AirLive.net, there were 62 people on board – 56 passengers, four crew members and two pilots.

Of the 56 passengers, 46 were adults, seven were children and three were infants.

It’s been reported the flight fell 10,000ft in less than one minute, about four minutes after taking off.

Surachman, a local government official, told Kompas TV that fishermen found what appeared to be the wreckage of an aircraft in waters north of Jakarta and a search was underway.

Other channels showed pictures of suspected wreckage.

“We found some cables, a piece of jeans, and pieces of metal on the water,” Zulkifli, a security official, told CNNIndonesia.com.

Sriwijaya Air said it is still gathering more detailed information regarding the flight before it can make any statement.

The company said in a statement: “Sriwijaya Air is still in contact with various related parties to get more detailed information regarding the SJ-182 flight from Jakarta to Pontianak.

“Management is still communicating and investigating this matter and will immediately issue an official statement after obtaining the actual information.”

The scheduled 452-mile flight departed from Soekarno-Hatta airport. at 2.37pm local time (7.37am GMT). 

It flew a short distance north of the airport before contact was lost. 

The last location of the plane was in the waters of the Java Sea above Banten Province.

The Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact around Lancang Island, Thousand Islands, the manager of branch communication and legal at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Haerul Anwar, said.

The Indonesian Transport Ministry spokesperson, Adita Irawati, confirmed that there had been a loss of contact with the Sriwijaya Air aircraft, reports CNBC Indonesia.

He said: “At this point, we are investigating and coordinating the matter with Basarnas (the search and rescue agency) and KNKT (the transport safety body).

“We will release more information as soon as there are developments.”

Bagus Puruhito, head of the country’s search and rescue agency Basarnas, said teams had been dispatched to search the waters north of Jakarta.

No radio beacon signal had been detected, he said.

The Indonesian navy has said it has determined the last known coordinates of the missing jet, and ships are being sent to the area.

Navy official Abdul Rasyid told reporters: “The coordinates have been found and have been given to all Navy vessels in the area.”

Dozens of people have taken to social media to send their best wishes to all those affected by the tragedy.

One person said on Twitter : “Deepest condolences and sending prayers for all passengers and crews of Sriwijaya Air.”

Another said: “I hope there is a miracle for passengers and crew on Sriwijaya Air.”

A third added: “Sending my prayers for all passengers, pilots, and Sriwijaya Air crews. May god always be with them.”