The last Instagram post by a tragic mother after boarding a doomed plane in Indonesia featured two laughing children and two emojis blowing kisses.
Ratih Windania published the picture shortly before boarding the Boeing 737 at Jakarta Airport, which crashed into the sea a few minutes after take-off.
The domestic flight had 62 passengers and crew when it crashed on Saturday.
Next to the picture was the caption: “Bye, family. We’re going home now.”
Ratih’s brother Irfansyah Riyanto posted a picture of the family on Instagram that said, “Pray for us.”
Indonesian authorities said they recovered wreckage and body parts from the waters north of the capital on Sunday, where the Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 disappeared in rainy weather.
Photos show rescue workers pulling debris out of the water in a desperate search for survivors.
Thousand Island residents said they heard two explosions before finding objects in the sea.
Surachman, a local government official, told Kompas TV that fishermen had found the wreck of an airplane in the waters north of Jakarta and that a search was ongoing.
“We found some cables, a piece of jeans and bits of metal on the water,” Zulkifli, a security officer, told CNNIndonesia.com.
Like dozens of other desperate relatives, Irfansyah rushed to Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta late Saturday after the news.
On Sunday, he was still hoping for good news about his sister and four other family members on the flight, including his parents.
Irfansyah said: “We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to have information soon.”
He said his relatives were originally supposed to have taken an earlier flight from Sriwijaya’s NAM Air unit and he is not sure why this has been changed.
His sister and their two children were at the end of a three week vacation and were making the 740 km journey home to Pontianak on West Kalimantan Island.
“I was the one who drove you to the airport, helped with check-in and baggage … I feel like I still can’t believe this and it went too fast,” said Irfansyah.
The flight disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after the aircraft took off, reaching an altitude of 10,900 feet.
Indonesian authorities said Sunday they were tracking signals likely from the plane’s black boxes.
Police have asked families to provide body identification information such as dental records and DNA samples.
At the police hospital, co-pilot Diego Mamahit’s brother said he had been asked for a blood sample.
Chris Mamahit said: “I think my younger brother survived, these are just for police proceedings.
“Diego is a good man, we still believe Diego survived.”
Chris wrote on his LinkedIn profile: “I really love to fly.”
He and one name pilot Afwan have nearly two decades of commercial flying experience.
A relative of Afwan, who previously served as an Air Force pilot, told Detik.com, “We, the family, are still hoping for good news.”
Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences on Sunday.
He said, “We are doing our best to find and save the victims, and we all pray that they can be found.”
Panca Widiya Nursanti, a teacher in Pontianak, was on the flight when she returned from a vacation in her hometown of Tegal, Central Java. In Pontianak.
Her husband Rafiq Yusuf Al Idru told about the last contact he had with her.
“I was joking when I said we would have satay together when she arrived in Pontianak,” he said.
“She contacted me on WhatsApp at 2:55 pm with a laugh. She already got on the plane and said the weather conditions were not good. I said pray a lot, please.”