Space crew survives plunge to Earth after Russian rocket fails

Published on 11 Oct 2018 11:20:25 PM

Soyuz spacecraft crew, US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely in Kazakhstan, and have boarded a plane to return from the landing site.
Their Soyuz spacecraft made an emergency landing near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan on Thursday after its booster rockets failed in mid-air en route to the International Space Station.

Following the incident, Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying that Russia may suspend all unmanned launches of its Soyuz rockets this year.
Russia's Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal investigation into the matter.