“We call this getting yourself in a square corner, when you run out of ideas and experience at the same time,” said Mr. Barr, a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. “ . . . Even for a good pilot, that could produce a death spiral.”
(pairs figure skating) A manoeuvre in which a male skater spins in place while holding one hand of his female skating partner as she circles around him with one skate on the ice and one leg extended outward parallel to the ice surface, all the while slowly lowering herself until her back almost touches the ice surface.
2002, Carole Shulman, The Complete Book of Figure Skating, →ISBN, page 194:
There are four types of death spirals, named for the edge on which the lady is skating — forward outside, forward inside, back outside, or back inside.