Newly wedded couple; William Byler III, of Bellville, and Bailee Ackerman, of Orangefield, died over the weekend as they flew off in a family helicopter just 90 minutes after solidifying their union on the Byler family ranch, Texas, United States.
The wedding, described by FOX News as “fairytale” was held on a family ranch. There were no survivors in the crash that occurred about one mile from the take-off site — the pilot also died.
A Facebook post by one family friend named Eric Smith, confirmed the news, “I’m absolutely devastated! Horrible news!
Eric Smith wrote:
“We feel like it’s OK to post now. So sorry we did not post earlier we just did not feel it was appropriate. Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield and William Troy Byler III of Bellville passed away last night. We celebrated their fairy tale wedding and they were surrounded by their family and friends as they flew off in the family helicopter.
“Sadly they crashed into the side of a hill about a mile from the family ranch. The pilot, Jerry, was also on board. There were no survivors! Please keep everyone associated with this tragic event in your prayers.”
In a Facebook post by student’s newspaper, The Houstonian, the late couple, were both students; the groom, Will Byler, an Agriculture Engineering senior and the bride,Bailee Ackerman Byler, an Agricultural Communication senior.
The Houstonian wrote:
“It is with the 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.”
According to ABC News, the groom’s grandfather has also confirmed the unfortunate news. According to The San Antonio Express-News Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office reports the helicopter was found near Chalk Bluff Park off Texas 55 Sunday morning.