A CNN crew member joked to reporter Suzanne Malveaux about Donald Trump's plane crashing as they waited to go live while the president-elect was set to land in Indianapolis on Thursday.
While making final preparations to go on air, an off-camera voice could be heard discussing the estimated arrival time of the Trump plane. The president-elect was traveling to give a speech on the recent decision of Carrier Corp., an air conditioning company, to keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana that it originally planned to send to Mexico. Carrier made the announcement to keep the jobs in the U.S. after discussions with the incoming Trump administration and the state of Indiana agreeing to give United Technologies, of which Carrier is a part, $7 million in tax breaks.
The CNN crew member spoke with correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, who was on camera, and said, "If I do this, it means he has landed."
"That means his plane has crashed, no I'm kidding," the crew member said with a laugh.
Malveaux smiled in response to the crew member's comment for several seconds. Shortly after the joke, Malveaux went live on CNN and reported that the Trump plane was going to touch down soon.