Unmanned Russian spacecraft plunging to Earth: official

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Unmanned Russian spacecraft plunging to Earth: official

A handout picture dated 28 April 2015 and released by the press service of the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos shows a Russian Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying Progress M-27M cargo ship lifting off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 28 April 2015. The Progress M-27M carrying supplies and a copy of the Soviet flag which was hoisted on the Berlin Reichstag by Red Army soldiers in 1945, to the International Space Station had suffered a glitch, after a successful launch, Russian space officials said on 28 April. (EPA/ROSCOSMOS)

Moscow (AFP) - An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft ferrying supplies to the International Space Station is plunging back to Earth and apparently out of control, an official told AFP.

"It has started descending. It has nowhere else to go," an official familiar with the situation said on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of an official Russian space agency statement expected later in the day. "It is clear that absolutely uncontrollable reactions have begun."