Newlyweds, pilot killed in Texas helicopter crash hours after ceremony

Hugh Fox
November 6, 2018

A couple were killed in a helicopter crash just hours after they were married in the U.S. state of Texas, family members have said.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted it is investigating the crash of the Bell 206B, as well.

The Uvalde County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page that the office received a call around midnight about the crash.

Their deaths were first announced by The Houstonian, the independent student newspaper of Sam Houston State University, where the newlyweds were both seniors.

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The couple's wedding website confirmed they were married on Saturday at the Byler family ranch.

Byler's grandfather William Byler told KTRK the helicopter crash happened at their family ranch.

A young bride and groom from Texas were killed when their helicopter suddenly crashed moments after departing the reception, according to reports.

But numerous friends were offering condolences and remembrances about the newlyweds on social media. "I am in awe of you, Will Byler, and I hope that everyone gets to experience a love like the one we have". Their engagement photos show a giddy couple, with Will in a cowboy hat and Bailee showing off her ring.

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In a tragic turn of events, the helicopter crashed about 1:47 a.m. on Sunday, also claiming the life of the aircraft pilot, 76-year-old Gerald Green Lawrence.

Elliss said Ackerman was set to graduate in December and Will in May.

The San Antonio Fire Department deployed 10 members of its Technical Rescue Team to assist the Federal Aviation Administration with the investigation, but they returned to San Antonio Sunday night.

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