"Thank God the crew is alive," said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He added that the President was receiving regular updates on the situation.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who attended the Baikonur cosmodrome launch, rented from Russia along with his Russian counterpart, tweeted that Hague and Ovchinin were in good condition.  Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague before launch. "src =" https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.208%2C$multiply_1%2C$ratio_1.776846%2C$width_1059%2C$x_0%2C$y_31
The Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and the US astronaut Nick Hague before the launch. Credit: AP
He said that" an in-depth investigation " the cause of the accident will be conducted. "
Aja, 43, and Ovchinin, 47, took off as scheduled at 2.40 pm local time from Baikonur.The astronauts had to dock at the International Space Station six hours after launch and join an American, a Russian and a German currently on board the station.
But the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an unspecified error during his second stage – launching: the search and rescue teams were scrambled to recover the crew, with paratroopers fallen from an airplane to the landing site.
While the Russian space program has haunted by a series of failures of the launch and other accidents in recent years, the incident on Thursday marked the first launch of the manned program since September 1983, when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad.
It was to be the first space mission for the Hague , who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. Ovchinin spent six months in the orbit outpost in 2016.
The astronauts were transported by helicopter to Dzhezkazgan and then by plane to Baikonur. Russian officials said they could spend the night in Baikonur before flying to Star City, Russia's space training center outside Moscow.
NASA published photos of Aja and Ovchinin undergoing a medical check-up at Dzhezkazgan airport. One of the photos showed Hague smiling and another made him sit next to the head of the Russian space agency Dmitry Rogozin.