As per the Roscosmos' statement, the failure might have occurred due to the collision between the discarded first stage and the second stage of the rocket's booster.
"We knew that if we wanted to be successful, we needed to stay calm and we needed to execute the procedures in front of us as smoothly and efficiently as we could", Hague told The Associated Press from Houston.
Russia's catastrophic loss on October 11 of an important Soyuz rocket is being rapidly investigated, and the event is subject to a criminal enquiry. Contact with a Soyuz rocket's Fregat upper stage was lost previous year and in early-2017 payload delivery was said to be damaged on arrival.
Ovchinin and Hague safely returned to Earth in a jettisoned escape capsule. An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut had to go for an emergency landing after their Soyuz rocket malfunctioned during a flight to the ISS.
During the launch of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-10 on October 11, the carrier rocket crashed and the crew consisting of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague made an emergency landing. "Luckily for us, it was smooth flat terrain". "We're kind of hanging upside-down from our straps. and we looked at each other, big grins".
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Nick Hague on Tuesday publicly described his close call during a Facebook conversation. "And then we start cracking a few jokes between us about how short our flight was".
He said he would rather be in orbit, getting ready for a spacewalk, but is grateful to be alive. "You just try to celebrate the little gifts that you get, like walking the boys to school this morning".
This means that while they will be able to return to Earth, if they do so there will be no crew aboard the station until another crew can be launched.
A Russian space agency official said on Friday that Russia still planned to go ahead as planned with its next manned flight to the ISS in December despite a rocket failure this week.