Guam - Andersen Air Force Base Public Affairs confirms an F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft involved in an incident in Saipan was part of Cope North 2012.
The pilot was not injured. According to a press release, while performing a training mission, the F-16 accomplished an emergency landing at Saipan International Airport at around 11 o'clock this morning. Upon landing the aircraft rolled off the end of the runway. Although there is no damage to the airfield, the damage to the F-16 is unknown. The aircraft is assigned to Eilson Air Force Base, Alaska.
A response team comprised of aircraft maintenance personnel is being formed to provide on-scene assessment. Cope North is a tri–lateral exercise involving the Royal Australian Air Force, the U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The exercise is designed to enhance air operations between the three countries.