Two astronauts make emergency landing after Russian rocket malfunctions during lift-off

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

Hague and Ovchinin were set to replace astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, as well as Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, who departed ISS and returned to Earth last week.

The failure is the latest mishap for the Russian space programme, which has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents. Officials said they would suspend manned launches in the light of the new accident.

NASA has confirmed both astronauts are in good condition, while a Russian news agency said neither of the men required any immediate medical help.

Eastern time aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The incident came as the rocket was travelling about 7,563 kilometres per hour, just 119 seconds into the voyage, according to NASA. "Search and rescue teams are en route to the landing location and we await further updates".

"We're tightening our seatbelts", Ovchinin said in the video. "Search and rescue crews are always pre-staged in the event something like this does happen", Dean added. Last month, the current ISS crew discovered a hole in the vessel that Russian Federation claims was drilled deliberately. He didn't say if he suspected any of the current crew of three Americans, two Russians and a German aboard the station of malfeasance.

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Russia's Investigative Committee said a criminal probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, causing major damage.

"Officials are now examining the launch site, documents are being seized", it said in a statement.

The Soyuz spacecraft launched today was to be the return vehicle for Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, who were to return to Earth on December 13.

The booster suffered a failure minutes after launch.

Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov survived a fire during launch in Kazakhstan in 1983. Mission control told astronauts aboard the space station that during the landing, "the boys" experienced forces of about 6.7 G in a call that NASA later broadcast on the live commentary.

The International Space Station - a rare point of cooperation between Moscow and Washington - has been orbiting the Earth since 1998.

However, in the meantime, this failure has a number of consequences for the agencies and the crew aboard the space station. "I strongly believe we're going to get the right answer to what caused the hole on the International Space Station and that together we'll be able to continue our strong collaboration", Bridenstine said, as reported by the Associated Press.

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