The plane went down around 4:45 a.m. (5:45 a.m. ET), according to airport officials. It crashed on a street that runs parallel to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Bell said.
No buildings were hit and no one on the ground was injured, he said.
What caused the plane to crash was unclear. The weather was calm at the time of the crash, Bell said.
The aircraft was to land at the Birmingham airport after flying from Louisville, Kentucky, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.
The National Transportation Safety Board will send a quick-response “go team” of investigators to the site, the agency said.