‘Giant robot’ seen by airline passenger?

An unidentified flying object? A camera trick? Or a hoax?

A peculiar picture showing what looks like a ‘huge robot’ apparently walking in the clouds is now making the rounds in social media.

The picture was allegedly taken by Irishman Nick O’Donoghue, a support team manager, who claims to have seen the strange apparition aboard an EasyJet flight to Ireland.

"I was flying back from a work ski trip in Austria, I was on the window seat with two work colleges beside me," he said on a media interview. "They were talking like crazy and I was gazing out the window, as you do. I could see this figure in the distance in front of us and then as we flew closer this shape appeared."

First appearing on Joe.ie and later on Reddit, online users have compared the apparition to the animated movie “The Iron Giant,” while others and others likened the shadow to the cloud men in “James and the Giant Peach.”

One user wrote '[It] looks like the Iron Giant,' which was soon backed up by many others, who stated that they had thought the same thing. A woman replied: “I was gonna say the same thing! Reminds me of the end of the movie.”

Mr. O'Donoghue, meanwhile, told media that the figure resembled the mascot of tire manufacturer Michelin. “It was in view for about two minutes as it was a good bit away in the distance. To me it looked like the Michelin man, but to be honest I have no idea what it was. Some comments online said it was smoke stacks below and the heat from them pushed up the layer of clouds, but I don't think so as they looked very close together,” he said.

“Probably just a funky cloud formation but I'd love for someone who knows about clouds to see it and try and explain."

Similar incidents of strange apparitions hovering over the clouds have surfaced over recent times.
In October 2015, thousands of people in China’s Jiangxi and Foshan cities had claimed they had seen a 'floating city' in the sky.

While many believed they had seen parallel universes, weather experts say the phenomenon was down to an optical illusion known as a Fata Morgana. (With report from the UK Daily Mail)

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