Scenario: You are flying a Boeing 757. You have lost both engines, and you do not have enough airspeed to make it to a runway. You are flying over a densely populated suburban area, near a large body of water. You have two options:
- Attempt to land the plane in the water. Most likely, most people onboard your aircraft will die. But you will have saved the lives of countless people on the ground.
- Attempt to land the plane in an open area or a road on land. You will save the lives of people onboard your plane, but it is almost guaranteed people on the ground will die because of your choice.
It brings up an ethical question relating to do your prioritize the lives of people onboard your plane, or on the ground.