Metal seats wash up on Jersey Shore beach, sparking wild speculation about where they came from

While strolling along the Jersey Shore, a beachcomber made a surprising discovery – a series of interconnected metal seats. This intriguing find has sparked a flurry of speculation online.

Matthew Jacob stumbled upon a remarkable discovery while taking a leisurely stroll along the Margate beach last week. In a viral TikTok post, he shared how he stumbled upon a set of rusted seats that he strongly believes to be from a long-lost or forgotten airliner.

“I can’t believe it! I just stumbled upon plane seats washed up on the Jersey shore,” he exclaimed in the video, garnering an impressive 1.3 million likes by Sunday afternoon.

“I had no idea what it was,” shared Jacob, a talented actor from the local community, in an interview with PEOPLE magazine.

As I approached, I initially mistook it for a tree branch. However, upon getting closer, it became evident that I was actually gazing at seats. The more I approached, the clearer it became that these seats belonged to a plane.

One commenter sparked speculation by recalling their experience on flight TWA 800, referring to the tragic crash that occurred in 1996 off the coast of Long Island.

Another commenter expressed their thoughts, stating, “While everyone is mentioning TWA flight 800, I’m quite certain it’s the TZB 900. I have personal experience sitting in those exact seats.”

Another person chimed in, saying, “I believe that’s actually a 2011 Kia Soul.”

According to Margate Police Chief Matthew Hankinson in an interview with, the origin of the mysterious seats can be explained by a more plausible reason. Chief Hankinson pointed out that the seats are too heavy to have come from an aircraft.

According to the town’s top cop, the seats have been completely stripped down to the metal, with no remnants of cushions, seat belts, or buckles that would suggest they were from a plane crash.

According to the detective, further investigation revealed that decommissioned railcar seats are usually stripped down to their metal parts and then taken out to sea, where they are dumped to contribute to the construction of artificial reefs.

According to him, it is possible that the recent storms may have dislodged the seats from the reef.

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