Elon Musk slammed after 'taking private jet for nine-minute flight' – but fans quickly rush to defend him

ELON Musk has been slammed on Twitter for taking a nine-minute flight in his private jet.

However, fans have jumped to his defense, pointing out that the nine-minute flight was just the first part of his travel.

The automated Twitter bot, @ElonJet, showed Musk's private jet landing in San Francisco, California after being en route for just 9 minutes.

The drive time for Musk's journey would have been about 48 minutes without traffic.

"Elon Musk's private jet just went on a nine-minute flight but you better not put the wrong type of plastic in your recycling," wrote one Twitter user, attacking Musk's jet's impact on the environment.

"OK but you have to take into account how painful it is to be stuck in traffic surrounded by Teslas," wrote another jokingly.

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"Do you have any idea how much 9 minutes of Elon's time is worth?," wrote a third.

However, Elon's fans jumped to his defense, attempting to set the record straight.

After landing in San Francisco, @ElonJet shows that Musk took off again and flew to Austin, Texas, which was about a three-hour flight.

The drive time between San Francisco and Austin is about 25 hours.

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Even after learning about the longer flight, not all Twitter users were impressed.

"Criticism (of Musk) is always fair," wrote one.

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Elon Musk has four private jets registered in his name.

According to the BBC, carbon emissions from private jets are significantly worse than any other form of transportation.

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