News ID: 232607
Published: 0950 GMT October 11, 2018

Soyuz rocket hit by engine problem after blast-off, astronauts safe: Russian agencies

Soyuz rocket hit by engine problem after blast-off, astronauts safe: Russian agencies

Russian agencies said the two crew members, a Russian and an American, were safe.

A Soyuz rocket taking an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station on Thursday was hit by an engine problem shortly after lift-off, Russian agencies said according to Hindustantimes.com.

The two crew members were “alive and set to land in Kazakhstan,” Russian media reported.

NASA rookie Nick Hague and second-time flyer Aleksey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency blasted off for the orbital lab from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0840 GMT.

   
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