Rocket starboard! Airline passengers witness SpaceX blastoff (PHOTOS)

© Will Carr
Passengers on board a flight from Florida got more than they bargained for when they witnessed the spectacular sight of the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket zoom past them on its 25,000 mile (40,200 kilometer) journey towards the stars.

The Falcon-9 rocket launched Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, sending into orbit one of its heaviest satellites yet, the SES-9.

A United Airlines flight from nearby Fort Lauderdale to Newark, New Jersey was flying near the area as the rocket took off.

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The pilot announced the plane would slow down so passengers could catch a glimpse of the rocket travelling at thousands of miles per hour.

“Pretty much everyone was glued to the windows. After he said we had to speed up again everyone was clapping. It was amazing,” passenger Will Carr wrote on Reddit.

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Carr captured some impressive snaps of his incredible sky-high view of the rocket, appearing first as a glowing orb in the distance before rising above the plane trailing a bright flash of light.

© Will Carr

© Will Carr
© Will Carr

Good launch...bad landing

The launch was also webcast live, showing the successful deployment of the SES-9 from the booster. However, the Falcon-9 rocket once again failed to land safely aboard the drone barge.