Rescue workers stand next to body bags at the port of Tanjung Priok, that are believed to be from Lion Air flight JT610, that took off from Jakarta and crashed into the sea in this image obtained from social media. On-screen text provided at source. Picture: Basarnas/via Reuters
Jakarta - Indonesian rescuers retrieved body parts on Monday after a Lion Air plane crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from the capital, Jakarta, a spokesman said.

The pilot of the plane, which was carrying 189 people, had requested to return to base before it lost contact 13 minutes into the flight.

Rescuers found debris from the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 in West Java province, about 70 kilometres east of Jakarta, according to the head of Indonesia's national search and rescue agency, Muhammad Syaugi.

"We've searched the sea surface and found no survivors," Syaugi told dpa, adding that several body parts had been found. 

Divers were trying to reach the Boeing 737 MAX 8's fuselage, which is believed to have reached the sea floor at a depth of about 35 metres, he said. 

Photos posted on Twitter by the spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency showed items such as a mangled mobile phone, a torn bag and a large piece of wreckage believed to be from the aircraft. 

The items were found by the crew of a ship belonging to the state oil company Pertamina near its offshore site, agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said. 

Reuters and dpa