October 11, 2018 / 9:37 AM / 2 months ago

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

International Space Station (ISS) crew members astronaut Nick Hague of the U.S. and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. Yuri Kochetkov/Pool via REUTERS

(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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