The situation looked quite similar to what Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague experienced Thursday.
Images show the Soyuz-FG rocket booster lifting the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft high into the sky before Thursday's mission was abandoned. "The Soyuz capsule returned to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal".
The two astronauts-US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin-were reported to say they felt "weightlessness" as the crew capsule detached.
After the crew successfully navigated the failure and landed safely, they boarded a plane to fly back to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The journey was expected to take six hours.
The International Space Station in orbit above Earth.
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the US space shuttle fleet.
An undated handout photo made available by NASA showing a hole in a Russian spaceship docked at the ISS.
However, in the meantime, this failure has a number of consequences for the agencies and the crew aboard the space station.
Russian Soyuz are now the only vehicle used to carry astronauts to the orbiting Space Station, after the USA retired its space shuttle fleet.
NASA coordinated a private event at Peabody's Coneburg Inn exclusively for Hague's extended family, sending astronaut Victor Glover to be a personal envoy to the family there.
There have been two similar Soviet-era accidents involving the Soyuz spacecraft, which are still used to ferry crews to and from the ISS. Officials are also investigating the unusual hole recently found in a Soyuz spacecraft aboard the International Space Station. If the booster fails again, at worst they will have only lost the hardware and no human life. But previous versions of the manned Soyuz launch vehicle have twice seen their launch abort systems activated.
He and Ovchinin were due to join Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev on the ISS.