An interesting casestudy .... please suggest answers

@rajeshfgh (1627)
India
April 7, 2009 8:23am CST
Today I was given a very interesting group discussion topic as part of my job interview. Just want to share with you'll and know your response. 10 people flying in an aeroplane. Only 10 mins. of fuel left and the plane is sure to crash. You have a soldier, an actress, an actor, a pregnant female, a dog, a priest, an engineer, a doctor, an investment banker and a journalist on board. You have three parachutes with only one person being able to use one parachute. Whom will you save and why?
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
7 Apr 09
Ugg, well, heck, I would want to save myself! LOL! Call me selfish, but, I don't wanna die. Anyway: The solider is trained for hectic situations, so I'd leave him on the plane -- along with the engineer, the doctor, the journalist, the investment banker, and the priest. Other than the soldier's training, there may be survivors on the plane, in which case they may need a doctor. The priest is at peace with God, live or die, and in survival mode, he can offer the last rights and whatnot. The engineer would also come in handy in case of a survival situation. A journalist would maybe, in a best-case scenario, document the account of crash if they survived. As far as the investment banker goes, well, I don't want to discriminate, but he'll have to take his chances and hope the doctor can patch him up. The people I'd save are the pregnant woman, the actor and actress, and one of them can hold the dog on the way down. The woman for obvious reasons, baby and all, and I don't see the actor or actress serving any purpose in survival mode except to be overly dramatic and always complaining that the coconut radio doesn't broadcast FM.
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• United States
7 Apr 09
LMAO!!! That funny. Coconut radio...LOL
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
According to me, there were only these 10 passengers on the flight and you were not a part of the flight. I presume you kinda were at the flight control and issuing orders to the pilot to give the parachutes to the decided people. It's just an assumption as that thought crossed my mind also, but after the discussion was over. You have given a different perspective to the case, but wouldn't there be a big probability of losing all the lives if the parachutes were to land in a hostile terrain and the plane also crashing without any survivors.
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• United States
10 Apr 09
Well, you'd have to verify where the plane is flying. I mean, if you're flying over Canada and jump out, you're not going to land in Mexico. If you're over the ocean, it doesn't make much sense to jump out anyway. If we're assuming things about the flight's path, currently location and even outcome, then I'll assume that we'll all land safely and I get to keep the parachutes for curtians for my island coconut stage show production of Debbie Does Dallas! My scenario is assuming that ANY parachute landing is going to be better than an airplane's crashing. So, pregnant ladies - unless you're in a TERRIBLY hostile environment - are going to be okay, as in, people will help. Famous actress and actor, again, unless the territory is dreadful, they're bound to be recognized and helped to safety. And since they have money and agents and publicists and etc, they can immediately get help for the women with their influence. As far as the doctor goes, are we assuming that he has his doctor kit handy? A carpenter knows how to build a house, but without materials, he's just a guy without wood lol ... umm, that didn't sound right! My scenario also assumes that any plane landing is going to be pretty bad. Thus, everyone left on the plane must have skills. I thought about leaving the dog on, but I figure the dog might end up dinner in a survival situation.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 09
I have issues with these types of questions..So who's currently flying the plane? or Doesn't the pilot get a chance in this lottery? I'm assuming the Plane has Autopilot..Also,it's not stated,but are YOU one of the 10(?) People present in this scenario as that will definitely have an effect on your standpoint for the outcome!..or How is it you get to play God and decide who should have a parachute's chance of survival here? We assume The Aircraft is still flying relatively safely for the next ten minutes if they have time to decide who gets to USE one of the 3 parachutes,couldn't they therefore try and get someplace safe(r) for a landing,even an emergency Landing, within that time? Is the aircraft Radio Not working,that they can't call for assistance or support to the area to help any survivors? Using A Parachute infers someplace safer to go...If they're over seawater in the middle of nowhere,a parachute is of little use without a liferaft or fresh water,similarly in mountainous terrain,survivability would be an issue without suitable clothing or equipment..It's a group scenario,it should be a consensus decision..but Given the position You were in,I'd choose The Pregnant Woman,so that Her child might survive,The Doctor,that He could look after the parachutees,and the Soldier,who would have survival training to help get them to safety.
@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
In such types of question you need to make necessary assumptions and spell it out before you discuss the case. As for me, the assumptions were that we are in the control room instructing the pilot to provide the chute to the three persons. Also, the chute will land on a hostile terrain and the pilot like the captain of a ship is the last person who will abandon the plane. After all it's just a case to test you reasoning skills....
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@sweetyethot (1738)
• China
8 Apr 09
A pregnant female,a journalist,and a doctor.We cant leave the pregnant female alone even if her baby has little chance to survive when she uses a parachute.The journalist should report to the world what happens on board.We need doctors anywhere and anytime.Im sorry to all other seven people who I dont choose.Its really a tough question.
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
Yeah, a really tough one. The more you think about your options the more important the person seems to get.
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• India
8 Apr 09
we have the pregnent women first because she is having another life inher, & a journalist he is useful for our country,a doctor for same
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
Yeah, there's a good enough reason for a journalist to survive too, but then so is an equal reason for each person to survive. Given the conditions I don't think anybody can pinpoint to one definite answer and say that it is the correct decision. After all life is full of challenges and you have to make the wise decision which may not always be the right decision.
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@valpopa (155)
• Italy
7 Apr 09
Ok..this is how it goes.. -The pregnant woman goes first because of the baby, then goes the doctor along with the dog. The priest will take off his robe and thus make a parachute for the engineer (engineer builds the parachute of course). The final parachute goes to the journalist who should write a story in which an airplane crashed with a soldier, an actress, an actor an investment banker but people should not mourn for their deaths because a naked priest was there to say their prayers before dying. ..OK I admit it..it was stupid..
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@crasks (49)
7 Apr 09
Tough one indeed. The pregnant woman, depending on the stage at which she is and the way she lands, she may miscarry anyway. But I would rather take the chance and save her. And then which ever way she lands, medical help would be the first thing she needs, so the doctor for me would be next in line. And then of all these others, it would be tough because they all deserve to live, I mean its not their fault that the fuel is running out. But all considered, I would save the soldier, just in case any of the two gets into trouble like landing in rough terrain, the soldier would be on hand to help, he's trained for such. And by the way, I'd make him use his trained muscle to carry the dog. An extra life saved isn't a bad idea. With that selection, chances are high that they would all really be saved!
@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
The same selection as mine. I assumed that they would land in a hostile terrain and the services of the soldier would come in handy. The dog is an added life saved.
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• India
7 Apr 09
hmmm.. nice but tough casestudy.. as for me.. i'll save the pregnant women first as it'll save two lives at cost of one.. 2nd parachute for the doctor as the pregnant lady may need the doctor after landing.. 3rd parachute for the dog as if they land in any jungle or anywhere like that then the dog can help them to find the way by his smelling power.. lolz..
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
the same as my answer but I put the soldier in the 3rd parachute with the dog accompanying the doctor in the other parachute.
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@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
7 Apr 09
That's an interesting questions. I would save the following: The pregnant female - because she can produce life The doctor - because he can heal The soilder - because he is a protector
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
The same options as I had picked. Plus I picked the dog too to accompany the doctor as there was no mention about animals not accompanying a person in a parachute.
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@laglen (19780)
• United States
7 Apr 09
Who I would save and why - Soldier - no he knew he would be dying for others actor - no - this would be great publicity for them actress - no - this would be great publicity for them pregnant female - yes, you get two for the price of one dog - - this is a tough one, can't the priest hold him? priest - yes, can help the others pray on their way down. engineer - no - collateral damage doctor - yes, he may be needed once they land investment banker - are you kidding?
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
You bet the investment banker would have to be the last on anybody's mind.... especially in these bad times ..... lol! Yes, I think the dog could have been carried by any person, atleast the same I replied.
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@aidnul (111)
• United States
7 Apr 09
10 people and 3 parachutes? Wow, tough choice but here we go Parachute 1: I would save the pregnant woman because well, I can't let her and a baby die. And saving her could mean saving 2 people Parachute 2: I would save the doctor, the woman and the baby will need a doctor. Maybe she's close to giving birth who knows. And even if she is not close, she still needs a doctor. Parachute 3: tough one. I don't know where those people are going to land. A dog is not a person. Well I can send the dog with the 3rd person right? The journalist could report the story but to whom, using what? The soldier could defend them if they land in a hostile place and probably can help them survive in wilderness. engineer could build stuff for them. mmmm. Soldier, I would pick the soldier and send the dog with the soldier.
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
Well, I chose the exact choice which you've made. 1st the doctor with the dog. 2nd the pregnant female and 3rd the soldier. I assumed that they were going to land on a hostile terrain where the services and experience of a soldier would really come handy.
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@skysuccess (8881)
• Singapore
8 Apr 09
rajeshfgh, I think we should not forget the fact that one of the person in need of a parachute is ourselves, so the first chute will be for myself. The second chute will be for the pregnant female and the third one for the investment banker. I am sure the rest of them in the plane will agree with this assignment being the soldier, priest and doctor are people who will consider others before themselves, so it will be natural for them to reject the chute. The actor, actress and journalist will be looking forward to a miracle to live out to enact and tell a story. This is where their idealism will lead them to reject the chute. As for the engineer, he may consider turning the situation around with his technical knowledge and know how. This is where some pride and practicality will lead him to reject the chute. Last but not least, I will be responsible for the dog, as the chute is good for 1 person but will not affect me with a dog. Besides, I should make this effort here as a gratitude for being able to be alive here. Cheers.
@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Apr 09
As far as I comprehended the case, we are not on the plane and we are instructing the pilot from the control room about who should be given the parachute. It's just my assumption and also that the chute is going to land on a hostile terrain. With these assumptions I chose the doc with the dog, the pregnant lady and the soldier.
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• Singapore
10 Apr 09
rajeshfgh, Basing on what you have posted 10 people were to be on this plane, you may want to have a look again. 01. A soldier 02. An actress 03. An actor 04. A pregnant female 05. A priest 06. An engineer 07. A doctor 08. An investment banker and 09. A journalist 10. Who is this? I do not suppose it is the dog. So, I do not think I cannot help to consider that we are in that plane and not in some control tower. Is there a mistake somewhere? If you really did not look into this and miss out - would it be that you have overlooked somewhere and something?