I just got off the phone with American Airlines pilot Gary Blied (shown to the left).
He verified the story and verified their flight time. The flight left Chicago on Saturday night and arrived in Miami early Sunday morning.
Originally I read the information from FlightAware as leaving on Sunday night, but that just shows how little I know about the airline business.
Blied also said he was glad I double checked the information and he was more than glad to share the story.
"I thought it was too good of a story not to share," Blied said.
I think the issue of my skepticism has been resolved. Look for a print version of the story later this week in the WDL.