Army accident April 28, 1980. OH-58 went into clouds 3 times, came out inverted twice, recovered and went back into clouds.
- Extreme disorientation
- Total panic as proven by audio tapes
Third appearance from the clouds, the main rotor was turning very slowly. Pilot had pulled the collective to the up-stop and was holding it there. Just before impact, there looked like a coordinated attempt to recover, but it was too late.
A (non-instrument, especially) pilot recovering from IIMC might recover and try to place himself on the same path that he had been on prior to the incident. Which is what got him into trouble in the first place.
He was not incontact with ATC, for some reason. Perhaps this affected his actions?
Perhaps he disengaged and then re-engaged the autopilot? Speculation...
Rule number 7 of the IIMC recovery procedure: Once encountering VMC conditions, REMAIN in VMC conditions.