Newlyweds killed in helicopter crash hours after wedding

Courtesy Bailee Ackerman Facebook page

Courtesy Bailee Ackerman Facebook page

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 "highly qualified" pilot had 24,000 hours of flying time under his belt, said Craig Hatch, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating, according to CNN.

Funeral arrangements have been set for the Sam Houston State University newlyweds who were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday night.

The Bell 206B helicopter crashed north of Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, minutes after they left their cheering family and friends.

The video, obtained by CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS, shows the couple approaching the helicopter, which was taking them to their honeymoon. It's not clear where they planned to go for their honeymoon.

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"It's very rocky, rough terrain and this particular hill has a 400 or 500 foot rise", said Steven Kennedy, justice of the peace for Uvalde County Precinct 1.

Will Byler III of Bellville and Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield were both in their senior years at Sam Houston, studying Agriculture Engineering and Agriculture Communications respectively. Investigators are assessing factors including the pilot's history, the helicopter's background and weather conditions in the area.

"Getting back there with a trailer and truck and people to lift the helicopter is going to be hard", Hatch said.

Hatch says it's too early to determine what caused the crash but that a preliminary NTSB report will be issued in about two weeks.

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