With very slight alterations, this describes the biggest flaw with the classic SF story "The Cold Equations" when considered as an actual "real world" situation and not an Anviliciously-delivered Broken Aesop.
Next time you feel like poking holes in Tom Godwin's 'The Cold Equations
', sit down and read a stack of SF published between 1950 and 1953. A recurring theme from that era was that the dashing hero is presented with an impossible situation which he could not possibly escape from but at the last minute comes up with a brilliant solution which saves everyone, including the dog, and also provides them all with hot coffee and cigars.
THEN read 'The Cold Equations', in which our dashing hero is presented with an impossible situation from which he cannot possibly escape. Period. Godwin wasn't trying to bludgeon you over the head with how clever he was at screwing his characters, he was just turning an over-used story idea on its head. According to John Campbell, legendary editor of 'Astounding' magazine, he rejected the story several times because Godwin kept sticking to the familiar pattern and having his hero find a way to save everyone. It wasn't until Campbell insisted on the final ending that Godwin finally agreed to write it.
So, yeah, if you look at the story you can find "real world" issues with it. And if you could ask Tom Godwin to show you one of the original endings I'm sure that at least one of those issues would have led to the happy ending that many readers seem to have wanted. But the untwisted ending, in which everything ends exactly the way it was laid out in the beginning, isn't there to give the story some kind of heavy-handed moral, but rather to shock the readers by _not_ ending with the expected twist.
When readers picked up the August 1954 issue of 'Astounding', they knew exactly what to expect because every story ended the same way. What made 'The Cold Equations' significant wasn't some heavy-handed moral about how important it was to read 'No Admittance' signs, but rather that it refused to pull a Deus out of its Machina to provide the expected happy ending. It was the same kind of shock that modern fantasy readers, raised on book after book in which no central character ever dies without coming back to life at least once, felt half way through 'A Game of Thrones'
when they suddenly realized that a beloved, central character had been led into an impossible situation from which he could not possibly escape, and didn't.
And _that_ was the point of 'The Cold Equations'. You can argue technical details, pre-flight checklists, security checkpoints and the air speed velocity of an unladen Emergency Dispatch Ship all you like, and even offer your own rewrite of the story which adds twenty pages of explanation for all of those issues, but you'd be missing the point. Instead of being about the mortality of girls in space ships, the story pointed out the immortality of characters in science fiction stories. Because that was something which needed to change.
And now, I'm going to put down the baseball bat and stop screaming at you for daring to suggest that there might be anything wrong with something that I liked.