Originally from Kankakee, Illinois and only three years out of Purdue University, where he got his degree in mechanical engineering, at the time of the accident, the 25-year-old Bischel was working in the city of Lynchburg for Babcock & Wilcox, a company making nuclear reactor systems. Bischel was in a group of four engineers with that company who perished on Flight 349, and according to a blog comment from a nephew, Bischel was working on the NS Savannah, America’s only nuclear-powered cargo ship. The other three Babcock & Wilcox engineers were Thomas Hubert Fox III, Robert M. Brown, and William G. Findlay.
At that time of the accident, Bischel was survived by parents Kermit and Viola Bischel, of Kankakee; his sister Arlene B. Schubert and brother-in-law Fred Schubert of Wappingers Falls, New York; and his brother Neal A. Bischel, of Kankakee. Nephew Mark Schubert was three years old when the plane went down, and the impact on our family was particularly traumatic: “My grandparents never got over the loss of Nyle, and many trips to Illinois as a child always included a visit to his grave.”