Texas newlyweds and pilot killed in helicopter crash less than 2 hours after wedding

ByCharly Edsitty via KTRK logo
Monday, November 5, 2018
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2 newlyweds and pilot killed in helicopter crash near Uvalde, Texas.

UVALDE, Texas -- A couple who were just married an hour and a half were killed over the weekend when their helicopter went down in Uvalde, Texas.

The groom's grandfather William Byler confirmed to Eyewitness News that the aircraft went down Saturday at their family ranch. His grandson Will Byler, his new wife Bailee Ackerman and the aircraft's pilot, Gerald Green Lawrence all died in the crash.

KTRK spoke to Lawrence's stepdaughter, Amilyn Willard, who said he was a captain in the army and fought in Vietnam.

The confirmation comes after the National Transportation Safety Board tweeted Sunday regarding an accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter, which is a two-bladed, single or twin-engined model. The incident happened about 15 miles northwest of Uvalde, according to NTSB's information.

Officials are investigating, and the San Antonio Fire Department deployed 10 units to help. The investigative body did not immediately confirm how many people were killed.

The couple's wedding portal on planning website The Knot further confirmed their nuptials taking place on Nov. 3 in Uvalde on Byler's family ranch. Engagement photos also show Byler in his cowboy hat in various forms of embrace with Ackerman.

The Sam Houston State University students were surrounded by family and friends as they flew off in the family helicopter.

A guest at that wedding submitted video shot of the couple's lavish departure on board the doomed aircraft: