Terrible situation. Your single engine on your general aviation aircraft fails. You are flying at night, no airports nearby enough to land at and patchy fog causing Instrument Meteorological conditions near ground level.
You pitch the plane for maximum glide, squawk the emergency 7700 code on the transponder, declare an emergency, and try desperately to see an opening in the fog for a field or road to attempt an emergency landing but can't see anything as it is pitch black and foggy. You follow the emergency procedure to try and get engine started. In order to not harm civilians on the ground who had no role to play in your mishap, you ask for vectors from ATC to a shallow body of water. ATC vectors you to a nearby small lake for you to ditch the plane.
Is there an FAA approved infrared night vision device that would have allowed me to see through the ground fog and locate a suitable landing site? If FAA approved model does not exist, what is the minimum sensitivity and resolution that would do the job?