AP Pilot killed in crash of plane was FedEx flier Monday July 7, 1:17 pm ET Pilot killed in crash of small, rented plane near Memphis identified as FedEx flier ROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The pilot of a small, rental plane that crashed near Memphis over the weekend has been identified as a FedEx flier. Authorities say 48-year-old Ward Severts rented the single-engine plane at the Olive Branch, Miss., airport. The plane crashed Saturday in a remote area of Fayette County about 40 miles east of Memphis. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene of the crash on Sunday. The cause of the crash has not been determined. Severts, a co-pilot aboard a FedEx cargo plane, worked out of Memphis with his primary residence in Boise, Idaho.