Didi Hamzar, an official of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, provides information about the plane crash at a press conference on October 30 (Photo: VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) – The search for the Lion Air plane that crashed into sea on October 29 is scheduled to last for seven days, and if there remain unfound victims after this, the search will be extended for another three days, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said on October 30.

As of October 30 noon, 26 bags containing victims’ bodies had been retrieved. These bags were sent to the National Police Hospital in east Jakarta for identification.

A total of 35 ships, 50 divers, and hundreds of others have joined in the search for the plane and victims.

Basarnas said the search and rescue operation has seen the participation of many forces, including the Indonesian navy and the National Transportation Safety Committee.

Earlier, head of the National Transportation Safety Committee Soerjanto Tjahjono said a team of Singaporean experts would also visit the crash site to assist searching efforts.

The passenger jet, a Boeing 737 Max 8 coded JT610, was en route from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island, carrying 189 people onboard. It lost contact with air traffic control just 13 minutes after takeoff. Basarnas said on October 29 that it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash. –VNA