Poor communication between crew members triggered panic aboard a United Airlines jumbo jet involved in an accident in 1998 at Narita airport that injured 24 people, according to a Transport Ministry report released Friday.

In the accident, which occurred on May 12, 1998, a flight attendant who mistook a flame on an engine for a major fire switched on an emergency escape warning without first confirming the situation with colleagues, the report of the ministry’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission said.

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