Briefly: I’ve come across a website that claims that:
The Number 11 Mysteriously Dominates the Events of
the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks in the USA.
Now, obviously it is easy to find links to a number if you try hard enough. There are countless keywords and phrases relevant to 9/11, inevitably some will contain 11 letters. You can also have fun spotting numbers that have digits adding up to 11. It doesn’t mean anything – it’s just a pattern that you spotted because you were looking for it[#]. Funnily enough, though, it appears that looking for meaningless patterns using cherry-picked names, phrases or numbers isn’t enough for some people. This page, for example, has managed to work in the number of passengers on Flight 77 – apparently there were 65, and 6+5=11. Unfortunately for the authors of this website, there were 64 rather than 65 people on board that flight[*]. Elsewhere on the internet, I’ve seen claims that 254 passengers died. It was actually 246 (or 265 if you include the hijackers). Neither of these numbers add up to 11 – so it seems a third, more convenient, number was simply invented.
[# Feynman: “You know, the most amazing thing happened to me tonight. I was coming here, on the way to the lecture, and I came in through the parking lot. And you won’t believe what happened. I saw a car with the license plate ARW 357. Can you imagine? Of all the millions of license plates in the state, what was the chance that I would see that particular one tonight? Amazing!” ask.metafilter.com.]
[*It’s possible they picked up their information from this wiki on Sep11memories.org. I quote: “The attack killed 65 people, 58 passengers including the 5 passengers, 4 flight attendants, and 2 pilots.” Apart from stating that the 58 passengers included “5 passengers” rather than the “5 hijackers” I think they intended to refer to, they’ve added 58, 4, and 2 and come up with 65. It is unfortunate that this wiki seems not to have been properly proof-read.]