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

Last Updated: Oct 11 2018 19:18

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

NASA television reported later on Thursday said that US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin have left their Soyuz capsule and are both in good condition.

Soyuz made an emergency landing near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan after its booster rockets failed in mid-air en route to the International Space Station.