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California Man Pleads Guilty to Falsely Certifying Oxygen Cylinders for Aircraft

On July 9, 2015, Danniel Hoose, owner of Shasta Fire Equipment, Inc., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, to one count of falsely certifying more than 570 oxygen cylinders for re-use, including re-use in aircraft. 

In May 2015, an information was filed alleging that in the spring of 2013 Hoose represented that he performed hydrostatic testing on a special permit oxygen cylinder installed in an aircraft, when, in fact no such testing had been completed.  The investigation determined that Hoose's re-qualification equipment was in disrepair; therefore, he was unable to properly test the cylinders in accordance with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations.  Hoose allegedly falsified the cylinder hydrostatic testing certifications and returned the cylinders to their owners for use.  Hoose is scheduled for sentencing in September 2015.

We are conducting this investigation with assistance from PHMSA.