Gerry Anderson Encyclopedia

Operation Crash-Dive is the 8th produced, and the 12th broadcast, episode of the British television series Thunderbirds.


The Fireflash airliner - pride of the Air Terranean passenger fleet - is making news again and, alas, for the wrong reasons: they're mysteriously disappearing! Speculation is rife, as to why: some internal failing of the aircraft itself? Or is it sabotage - again?

International Rescue offers its expertise to the authorities, to help solve the mystery - and finds its hands full, as Thunderbirds 1, 2 and 4 team up to locate one Fireflash that's crashed into the sea - and rescue its trapped crew from the sea-bottom...

To track down why the pilots misreported their positions - inadvertently misdirecting those trying to find them - Scott and Fireflash veteran Captain Hanson take another Fireflash out on a test flight. They're backed up by Virgil and Gordon, aboard Thunderbird 2, and Alan, coordinating communications between them and London International Airport from his orbital post aboard Thunderbird 5.

But when communications suddenly fail, and Fireflash's controls freeze up - sending the massive craft plummeting uncontrollably towards the sea - the odds change, for the worse!


  • Team Fireflash: this episode reunites Scott and Captain Hanson, who was piloting a London-to-Tokyo AT flight discovered to have a bomb aboard, preventing it from landing - leading to the public debut of International Rescue (Trapped In The Sky).

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Operation Crash-Dive on Thunderbirds Wiki:

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International Rescue: Jeff TracyScott TracyVirgil TracyAlan TracyGordon TracyJohn TracyBrainsTin-Tin KyranoLady Penelope Creighton-WardAloysius Parker
Others: Lucille TracyKyranoGrandma TracyThe Hood

TV Series Episodes:
Season 1
Trapped In The SkyPit of PerilThe Perils Of PenelopeTerror In New York CityEdge Of ImpactDay Of Disaster30 Minutes After NoonDesperate IntruderEnd Of The RoadThe UninvitedSun ProbeOperation Crash-DiveThe Mighty AtomCity of FireThe ImpostorsThe Man From MI.5Cry WolfDanger at Ocean DeepMove - And You're DeadThe Duchess AssignmentBrink Of DisasterAttack of the Alligators!Martian InvasionThe Cham-ChamSecurity Hazard
Season 2
Atlantic InfernoPath of DestructionAlias Mr. HackenbackerLord Parker's 'OlidayRicochetGive Or Take A Million

Thunderbirds Are GoThunderbird 6

Audio Adventures:
Introducing ThunderbirdsF.A.B.The Stately Homes Robberies

Young CorgiThe Vault

Tracy IslandCreighton-Ward Mansion

Thunderbird 1Thunderbird 2 (Pod Vehicles: MoleFireflyDOMOElevator CarsTransmitter TruckRecovery VehiclesMonobrakeExcavatorMobile CraneFire TruckLaser CutterThunderizerNeutralizer TractorJet-Air TransporterFire TenderYellow Trailer Truck | Red and Black TruckRed Curved Vehicle) • Thunderbird 3Thunderbird 4Thunderbird 5Thunderbird 6
Other Craft and Vehicles