TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed condolences to Indonesia over deaths in a fatal plane crash in the Java Sea.

In a statement on Monday, Bahram Qassemi offered Iran’s deep sympathy to the Indonesian government, nation and families of victims over the Boeing 737 crash that killed all passengers on board, including a number of government officials.

The doomed airliner, with 189 people on board, went down into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff on Monday.

Indonesia's search-and-rescue agency said the Lion Air passenger flight from Jakarta to the island of Sumatra has crashed into the sea and it was unclear if there were any survivors.

Wreckage has been found near where the aircraft lost contact.

The crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia in years.

Indonesia relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands, but has a poor aviation safety record and has suffered several fatal crashes in recent years.