In March he went to a routine mission with Larry Dibbles as a strike team assigned to destroy the Ralari-class destroyer KIS Rathtak. En route, they saw two damaged Jalthi-class heavy fighters: one was tumbling without any stabilization hardware the other limping away with damaged thrusters and impaired maneuvering. Skinner was not inclined to go after either of these targets and pressed on toward the strike objective.
21 minutes into the mission Dibbles spun out to engage the damaged, but still active, Jalthi. Skinner ordered him back into position and pressed on. It turned out that neither Jalthi was damaged as it engaged Dribbles. Simultaneously, the other Jalthi powered up, stopped spinning, and moved into position behind Skinner.
During the dogfight Skinner was destroyed.
Follow-up crews were eventually able to find the remains of Skinner's Scimitar and its "black box" flight recorder, and were able to reconstruct what happened from its record of radar images.