Is this pilot's 'dangerous' cockpit selfie real?

The incredible aerial shot of Dubai was shared on Instagram

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This pilot appears to have reached new heights with his latest selfie - taken leaning out of his cockpit window while flying over Dubai.

Instagram user ' Pilotganso' shared the incredible shot cruising high above the iconic Palm Islands with his 43,000 followers.

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He accompanied the breath-taking image with the caption: "Its already my second hometown #dubai Selfie."

And his snap had so far today received almost 15,000 Likes - but it hasn't wowed everybody.

Eagle-eyed aviation fans have been quick to point out that his image is a clear fake.

One user called ioto1902 flagged the tell-tale signs on an aviation forum , saying: "Ship ascending northbound from nowhere. Direction of shade not matching those of houses. Winglet color (inward) not matching Fly Dubai scheme."

Is this dangerous cockpit selfie real?

In fairness to 'Pilotganso', he has previously owned up to similar posts being computer trickery in the past.

His Instagram feed is full of snaps of him and his bronzed pals taken using his selfie stick, so there seems little doubt that he actually owns one of those.

But in a recent shot of him once again seemingly taken from the cockpit high above some paradise islands, he admits in his caption: "I have to let you know that photo is fake guys, just in case."

E o escritório hoje estava assim,.... Em cima das nuvens!!! 🙈🙏🏻🙌🏻🌤⛅️🌥

A post shared by PilotGanso (@pilotganso) on

His admission and the comments of experts haven't stopped users from having a pop at his supposed irresponsible behaviour at the helm of a jet full of passengers.

One called lebby.a moaned: "Why you acted so dangerous that you might risk of falling and endangered all the passengers?! Duh wth is wrong with you."

And another called stylebynelli added: "So happy I am not flying with this guy anyway..people do anything these days just to get likes."

Either way, we take our hat off to his Photoshop skills at the very least - if not his ability to co-pilot one-handed.

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