Update: Friends identify newlyweds of fatal helicopter crash; Bride is from Orangefield
UVALDE, Texas (KFDM/Fox 4) - Friends are identifying the victims of a Sunday morning helicopter crash in Uvalde.
"Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield and William Troy Byler III of Bellville passed away last night," according to a family friend.
The couple was reportedly leaving their wedding when their helicopter crashed, killing the couple and pilot.
A family friend who attended the wedding said the couple got married on Saturday.
The couple got into a family helicopter and crashed into a hill about a mile away, according to the friend's social media post.
The Houstonian, a student newspaper for Sam Houston State University, reported that the victims are newlywed couple Will Byler and Baillee Ackerman Byler. Both are reportedly seniors at the university.
The Houstonian released a statement following the crash: "It is with deepest sadness that we announce the tragic passing of two Bearkats Will Byler (Agriculture Engineering senior) and Bailee Ackerman Byler (Agricultural Communication senior) in a helicopter accident departing their wedding. We ask that you keep the Byler and Ackerman families in your thoughts and prayers. — with Delores Swoyer, Louise DeKan, Carol Walker and Cindy Burell Mechler."
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a fatal helicopter crash near Uvalde, Texas involving a newlywed couple.
The accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter happened near Chalk Bluff Park near Highway 55 at about midnight. A Bell 206 helicopter is a two-bladed, single or twin-engine helicopter.
UVALDE, Texas — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a fatal helicopter crash near Uvalde, Texas.
The accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter happened near Chalk Bluff Park near Highway 55 at about midnight. A Bell 206 helicopter is a two-bladed, single or twin-engined helicopter.
Officials are on the way to investigate the crash. There is no word on how many people died.
The San Antonio fire department deployed 10 units to assist with the investigation.