Newlyweds, pilot killed in Texas helicopter crash hours after ceremony

Report Newlyweds killed in helicopter crash while leaving their wedding

Report Newlyweds killed in helicopter crash while leaving their wedding

Both Will and Bailee were seniors at Sam Houston State University, according to the student newspaper The Houstonian.

Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler had married in Uvalde, around 100 miles west of San Antonio, on Saturday night.

The TV station reports the helicopter's pilot was also killed in the crash.

"We celebrated their fairy tale wedding and they were surrounded by their family and friends as they flew off in the family helicopter", Eric Smith, a family friend, posted on Facebook.

Mr Byler's grandfather, William Byler, told Houston TV station KTRK that both had died as a result of the accident, with friends and family having cheered them on as they took off from the ranch.

SCREENSHOT / THE KNOT The couple's page on The Knot remains active. "Our hearts hurt now, but we know this is not forever".

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"I'm so sad to even be captioning these pictures with this, but you know I just have to share with everyone how lovely you looked on your wedding day like I normally would have", Bailee's maid of honor posted on Instagram accompanying a picture of her and the bride in their getting-ready robes and then dressed for the wedding.

But numerous friends were offering condolences and remembrances about the newlyweds on social media.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash.

Engagement photos posted on the website show Mr Byler in his cowboy hat embracing Ms Ackerman.

Rest in peace Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman, you will be missed.

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