"Were we going to be on the Steppes of Kazakhstan?" he said.
The Nasa astronaut who survived last week's failed launch and emergency landing has said he knew he needed to stay calm. "Imagine if a reinforced concrete block seven times your weight was placed on your chest", he said. "We had to carry out various actions that have to be done by the crew to prepare for an emergency landing", he said.
Ovchinin, who unlike Hague had previous experience in space, took command during the emergency landing and quipped during the landing that they had a particularly "short flight". 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.
Ovchinin said he and Hague understood something was wrong when emergency lights came on in the cabin.
"There is a launch-abort system that protects me continuously from about an hour before the launch until I'm in orbit". "Luckily for us, it was smooth flat terrain".
NASA's Hague has already flown back to the United States following the landing, after undergoing a medical check and being questioned about the accident.
The first launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket into orbit since a failed launch last week is planned for October 24 to 26 and will carry a military satellite into space, Interfax news agency cited a source in the space industry as saying on Wednesday.
According to NASA, there was an "issue with the booster" and the crew returned to Earth in a ballistic descent mode, which is a sharper angle of descent compared to normal.
Mr Hague communicated in Russian throughout the more than half-hour ordeal. "What we are doing up there at the space station, what we are doing for human exploration, it's for the benefit of all, and it's important that we continue".