Alhambra man dies after falling through hangar roof at El Monte Airport

EL MONTE — A man died Wednesday after falling through the roof of a hangar at the El Monte Airport, authorities said.
Lon Schultz, 46, of Alhambra died in the apparent accident, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
The fatal mishap occurred about 1:40 p.m. as the man was making repairs to an air vent atop the hangar at the airport, 4233 N. Santa Anita Ave., El Monte police Lt. Dan Burlingham said.
When the roof gave way, “He fell about 30 feet and suffered a fatal injury,” the lieutenant said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The investigation was ongoing, Burlingham said, however the incident was being investigated as an accident, and no foul play was initially suspected.
Airport officials deferred comment to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, which administers El Monte Airport, along with four other airfields in the county.
DPW spokesman Bob Spencer said the hangar where the accident took place was privately owned, and not managed by the county.
It was owned by Parker Aero Hangar Development, a hangar rental company based at the El Monte Airport.
It was not clear whether Schultz was the tenant of the hangar, or an employee of Parker Aero Hangar Development. The company could not be reached by telephone Thursday.
According to the company’s web site, it rents out hangars at the airport for storage of boats, recreational vehicles, vintage and classic cars, airport cars and aircraft.

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