A newlywed couple died in a helicopter crash in Texas, in the early hours of Sunday morning alongside their pilot, just hours after they said ‘I do’.
Will Byler, of Bellville, and Bailee Ackerman, of Orangefield, were killed “as they flew off in the family helicopter” as they left their fairytale wedding, a family friend wrote in a Facebook post. The pilot also reportedly died.
The wedding took place at a family ranch, the groom’s grandfather, William Byler, told KTRK. The crash unfolded about an hour and a half later, the station reported.
“Sadly they crashed into the side of a hill about a mile from the family ranch,” the post read. “The pilot, Jerry was also on board. There were no survivors!”
The crash was confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which tweetedon Sunday morning that investigators were looking into the crash of a Bell 206B helicopter in Uvalde, a city roughly 80 miles west of San Antonio.
The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office said the helicopter was found near Chalk Bluff Park off Texas 55 Sunday morning, The San Antonio Express-News reported. Several agencies reportedly aided in rescue efforts following the crash. The NTSB said it would not release details of the crash until Monday.
The two were students at Sam Houston State University, according to the student newspaper.