Newlywed couple killed in helicopter crash while leaving wedding
A newlywed couple in Texas was killed in a helicopter crash while leaving their wedding ceremony.
KSAT reported that Will Byler, his wife, Bailee Ackerman Byler, and their pilot all died. The couple were both seniors at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Authorities were called to an aviation monitoring center about a possible downed aircraft in northwest Uvalde at about 12 a.m. Sunday.
Crews responded to the crash near Chalk Bluff Park off Highway 55 to help look for the helicopter, which was found around daybreak.
The helicopter involved is a Bell 206B, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Friends and associates have taken to Facebook to pour in their tributes to the late couple.
Madi Wagner Photography who happened to be their photographer wrote:
Today, my heart hurts. I received a phone call this morning that i wouldn’t wish upon anyone. I sat down with Will + Bailee a couple weeks ago over dinner & all they could do was smile & giggle at one another & talk about their upcoming wedding. I remember the first time I ever met Will + Bailee like the back of my hand.
We were running around like a bunch of hooligans after the college rodeo. The night ended with 15 Americans + 4 Canadians in a mini van Uber & about 40 McDoubles from McDonalds. Just two weeks ago we were pulling Will out from the mud as he got everything in sight stuck in this Texas monsoon. // Last night, family + friends gathered around to watch these two become one at their most magical, fairytale wedding.
This morning, the family received word that their helicopter they had left the wedding in the night before, had crashed into the mountain side a few miles from the ranch. I am having a hard time comprehending this whole situation, but I have not once asked why.
These two spent their last day on this earth celebrating with their most cherished loved ones- I believe it truly was the best day of their lives. I am so saddened by this news, but now Mr. & Mrs. Byler will join our Jesus in heaven and have the most abundant marriage with no troubles, no temptation, no worries.
I know for certain God needed these two sweet souls more than we did here on earth. I know for certain they have made him proud, for the work they have done here on earth as well. To see all of the people that loved these two so greatly is a blessing.
As a Christian i know that God’s hands are upon them and what better honeymoon could anyone ever imagine than entering those gates and spending their first days as husband and wife at God’s right hand. I hope Will & Bailee know just how much we all love them, I’m certain they do! // Today I am praying hard for the Ackerman & Byler family.
Hold your loved ones tight, say your I love you’s. We truly never know when the good Lord is going to call us home. Here is to Mr. & Mrs. Byler, 2 of the most beautiful people you will ever meet inside & out, and here is to eternal happiness in heaven with our beautiful savior!