Friday, August 13, 2021

Beechcraft 77 Skipper, N3873Y: Accident occurred August 12, 2021 in Stanley, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: WPR21LA316

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Aircraft experienced a loss of power on takeoff and struck a fence attempting to make emergency landing near Moriarty Municipal Airport (0E0),Torrance County, New Mexico.


Date: 12-AUG-21
Time: 17:43:00Z
Regis#: N3873Y
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 77
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 91
City: MORIARTY
State: NEW MEXICO





12 comments:

  1. last ADS ping
    Speed: 28 kt
    Altitude: 6,400 ft
    Vert. Rate: 0 ft/min
    Track: 77.5°
    Pos.: 35.172, -105.850
    closes data @ Elev 6322 ft, 35.10 °N, 106.08 °W
    2:00 PM 87.6 °F 52.0 °F 29 % East 3.0 mph 8.0 mph 29.96 in

    Reg.:N3873Y
    Type: BE77
    1981 Beech Skipper
    GILLETT DREW A

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    1. Sheriff said it was a Beechnut, as in "Premium chewing tobacco!"

      Seems like Skippers have been on KR a lot in the last year or so.

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    2. When I was in primary flight school as a teen in my first year of college, I had a choice to choose between the Skipper and a $7/hr more expensive Skyhawk ($35/hr vs. $42/hr in the late 1980s). The Tomahawk to me was too toyish. Pilots at the aero club didn't like them either. They were always available to rent whereas the 152s and 172s were always booked.

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    3. Skipper is not a Tomahawk. Different planes.

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  2. From what I have read the Skipper is supposed to be less likely to spin than the Tomahawk and is more forgiving for a beginner to fly. Just slightly over 300 made. "Beechnut" Be careful about buying a counterfeit "knock-off".

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  3. Instructed in a Skipper for several years, CFI and CFII. Stable and benign stalls. Never an issue like the Tomahawk, to which I’ve lost a friend.

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  4. Can someone chime and briefly explain the difference between the Skipper and, the Tomahawk? H/P, GWT, Fuel Capacity, Range, General specs, Etc.
    Thanks, JW

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  5. The Skipper and Tomahawk are similar as far as simple statistics are concerned. Similar weight, power, etc. that’s where the similarities end. The Skipper has far superior flight characteristics. Much better — and safer — in a spin than a Tomahawk. Skipper a much better airplane than a Tomahawk.

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  6. The Skipper failed in the marketplace because it was released during the historic collapse of the GA market — unlucky timing.

    The Tomahawk failed because it was a terrible airplane. Very poor spin recovery.

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  7. If you go to the AOPA website, search for articles on both planes. They have several short articles that really elucidate the details of both planes.

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  8. The Piper PA38 Tomahawk was and still is a good airplane. Critics are usually undereducated. Fly it like a real airplane and it will respond accordingly. The Beechcraft Skipper is a good aircraft as well. Don’t believe the ‘experts’ who have flown neither.

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