Ever proposing alternative theories...
Does the crew of the fireship CARE whose flying the ship? You have a multi-thousand/hundred/(trillion?) ton vessel, burning, full of volatile fuel and ammo, about to crash into a planet that is literally nothing but one massive city.
Regardless of who is on the ship, they are going to try to help direct to a (relatively) safe landing location, while preventing it from exploding violently all over the sky.
It's been suggested that the droids on the ship pose a great
threat then the ship exploding does, so let's look at some rough numbers.
Coruscant allegedly has the same orbital patterns as Earth, so for simplicity sake we're going to treat is as a similar size (say, 510.1 trillion square meters). Coruscant also has > 1 trillion citizens, divided by the surface area of earth, we end up with about (I'm rounding generously here) 500 people per square meter. Now, this is an inaccurate number because of things like Poles and Oceans and sky ways (which are likely less densely packed then the buildings).
A Nuclear Bomb has a 50% survivability rating at 8 KM. We'll halve that, to 4 KM, just for fun, which comes out to 4000000m² x Population Density of 500 for a grand total of 2,000,000,000 people dead. And taking half of that number again, out to 8km for a whopping total of around 3,000,000,000 dead people if the ship explodes with the same force as a nuclear bomb.
The Invisible Hand carries 1.5 million battle droids, 3,000,000,000 / 1,500,000 = 2. Each battle droid would have to kill 2000 people before being destroyed. Given both their (limited) combat capabilities and their frailness, this seems highly unlikely.
And, in order to achieve this feat, we can go back to the original population density numbers: They would still have to exterminate every living soul within 4 KM of the crash site to accomplish this. It is highly unlikely they would be able to accomplish this before enough military forces were mobilized against them to stop them.
But let's assume it is within the realm of possibility - wouldn't it STILL be better for the ship to land somewhere, you know, with a big wide open area around it, with no cover for the battle droids, so you could easily pick them off as they are disgorging from the ship?
Sort of like they do, in the movie?
This is in fact exactly what Spitfire pilots in World War II did with the buzz bombs that were striking England, tipping them over the countryside or the channel so they would fall out of the sky and crash, and kill less people and cause less damage then if they continued to the target and exploded.