Texas Newlyweds Die In Helicopter Crash While Leaving Their Wedding

Frederick Owens
November 5, 2018

A pair of newlyweds were killed early Sunday morning when the helicopter that carried them from their wedding crashed in northwest Uvalde County, Texas.

The National Transportation Safety Board was scheduled to release more details Monday.

The Uvalde County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from the aviation monitoring center about a downed aircraft around midnight.

The pilot was also killed.

The Houstonian, a student-led newspaper at Sam Houston State University, confirmed Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were leaving their wedding when the helicopter went down in Central Texas.

The wedding took place at a family ranch, the groom's grandfather, William Byler, told KTRK.

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Family friend Eric Smith announced the news in a Facebook post Sunday, writing: 'I'm absolutely devastated!

According to the couple's wedding website, they were to be married Saturday in Uvalde, where the Byler family ranch is located.

Ackerman announced the engagement on Facebook on December 29, 2017, with a photo of the pair beaming, and Ackerman holding up her left hand to show off her ring. The mangled helicopter was found upon daybreak.

Ackerman's best friend Katie Ellis said the family-oriented couple were members of the school's rodeo team.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is assisting, said the aircraft "crashed under unknown circumstances in a remote area". "One day we will all see their smiles and dimples again".

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