Newlywed bride from Orangefield dies in Uvalde helicopter crash

Newlywed bride from Orangefield dies in Uvalde helicopter crash

Newlywed bride from Orangefield dies in Uvalde helicopter crash

The pilot, identified by KTRK as Vietnam veteran Gerald Green Lawrence, also died. Byler majored in agriculture engineering, while Ackerman focused on agricultural communication, according to the school newspaper the Houstonian. The Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell 206B went down about 15 miles northwest of Uvalde, about 100 miles west of San Antonio.

A newlywed couple died when the helicopter they were flying in hours after their wedding crashed into a hill in the rugged terrain of southwest Texas.

The Sam Houston State University seniors were on the way to their honeymoon in San Antonio when their helicopter crashed into the mountain, game warden Rachel Kellner with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said.

Wedding website The Knot, which had a page for their wedding, changed the page to a message reading "Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with this family at their great loss".

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted it is investigating the crash of the two-blade, twin-engine chopper, as well. "Our hearts hurt now, but we know this is not forever".

Friends and family posted tributes to the victims on social media as news of the crash broke, with wedding guests speaking of their grief.

And friend Madi Wagner said she took comfort that the couple's last day alive was spent celebrating with their loved ones, adding: 'I believe it was truly the best day of their lives'. Other videos showed Ackerman, wearing her white wedding gown, dancing with her bridesmaids and kissing her Byler seating in a chair at their wedding reception earlier in the evening. "I am in awe of you, Will Byler, and I hope that everyone gets to experience a love like the one we have".

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