It's a moonless winter night over middle America, and you're on a long cross country by yourself in a Cessna 172. Just the same as last time, your engine has died and there's no restarting it. You set up the aircraft for best glide and set about finding your engine-out landing spot. Below you is an expanse of black, and the occasional orange light at a farmhouse. A few miles away is a highway. It's clearly not a major one, but there are occasional light poles. It's just enough to let you know it's there. The problem with landing there is the lightpoles and unknown wires you're sure cross the road and run along side of it. Being the midwest, you know there are fields. You're sure that once you were to glide lower you could discern a few, but barely. The condition of them will be unknown until you're in the flare, and if you're lucky there won't be any fences or large rocks in it. You don't even know what's in the fields, it could be corn or something bigger. By the time you see any obstacles, it could be too late because you can't go around.
[SIZE=4][COLOR=red][B]So what's the verdict? You have to choose to find a field or land on the highway. Please explain yourself.[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=blue]This time, I'll "DM" the conversation. If you require additional information or have questions, I'll give you an answer to eliminate variables. This is a fixed scenario.[/COLOR][/SIZE]
The FAA does teach the correct answer, but not all agree with it. There is no right or wrong answer here, I just want to start the discussion and see what some would do, real world pilot or not. The poll allows everyone to view your opinion.