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Runway data: X-Plane
5,000 foot runway requirement: Slate
2,200 nautical mile range: Wall Street Journal

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Runways in Range

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from civilian radar. Amid unusual (some say unlikely) theories that the flight may have landed, can we figure out how many runways might be available?
Data from X-Plane provides coordinates for runways around the world. A Boeing 777 pilot is quoted in Slate as estimating a runway length requirement of 5,000 feet. A recent Wall Street Journal article quoted sources stating the flight could have continued for 2,200 nautical miles from its last known position.
The WNYC Data News team found 634 runways that meet these criteria, spread across 26 different countries.