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Russia opens criminal probe over failed rocket launch

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal probe into a failed launch that caused a two-man crew to make an emergency landing shortly after blast-off to the ISS on Thursday.

"An group has been formed and officials are currently examining the launch site, documents are being seized," the Committee said in a statement.

The probe would seek to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction, leading to massive damage, the statement said.

US and Russian were rescued without injuries in following the emergency landing earlier Thursday.

An "anomaly" with the booster led to the voyage to the being aborted two minutes in, NASA said.

The Russian space industry has suffered a series of problems in recent years, including the loss of a number of satellites and cargo

Dmitry Rogozin, a who this year was appointed by to head Roscosmos, earlier said he had ordered a state commission to probe the accident.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 20:00 IST