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Crew of Soyuz rocket alive after emergency landing: Russian space agency

AFP  |  Moscow 

The two-man crew of a rocket are alive after they were forced to make an emergency landing Thursday following lift-off to the International Space Station, the Russian space agency said.

"The emergency rescue system worked, the vessel was able to land in .. the crew are alive," Roscosmos said in a tweet.

NASA and second-time flyer of the Russian space agency landed without injuries, the agency reported.

"The launch had a problem with the booster (rocket) a few seconds after the first stage separation and we can confirm now that the crew has started to go into ballistic descent mode," the voice-over on a NASA livestream from mission control in said.

A tweet from the American space agency's account read: "Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the returning to Earth carrying two crew members."

The Kremlin confirmed the men had survived. Russian told journalists: "Thank God the cosmonauts are alive".

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 15:25 IST