They Were Married Just 1.5 Hours. Then Their Copter Crashed

Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were on their way to honeymoon when family chopper went down
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2018 9:24 AM CST
A Bell helicopter takes off in this 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/ Stian Lysberg Solum/Scanpix Norway)

(Newser) – Family members say a Texas couple was killed in a helicopter crash just hours after they were married. Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were married Saturday at Byler's family ranch in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, reports KTRK. Byler's grandfather, William Byler, tells the TV station that the couple had departed the wedding reception in the family's Bell 206B helicopter, which is a two-bladed model. He says they were married for about an hour and a half when they died.

The helicopter's pilot was also killed in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's investigating and the cause of the crash is not yet known, reports the AP. The Houstonian student newspaper reports that the newlyweds were seniors at Sam Houston State University. They were both 23, per Inside Edition. (A man on his honeymoon in Hawaii was found dead.)


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