October 11, 2018 / 9:36 AM / 7 months ago

Crew of 'Soyuz' spacecraft establish contact after failed launch - agencies

International Space Station (ISS) crew member and astronaut Nick Hague of the U.S. gestures to his children as he leaves to board the spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Pool

(Reuters) - Contact has been established with crew members of the Russian “Soyuz” spacecraft after it made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday.

A rescue mission has set off to search for the crew members, U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, Interfax and Tass news agencies reported.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Gareth Jones

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