Surry County sheriff's officials said the King Air C90A crashed in a neighborhood near the Mount Airy airport around 11:30 a.m. The plane appeared to split in half after crashing into the front yard of a home.
The plane did not hit any homes and no one on the ground was hurt, said Warren Woodberry, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The plane left Dallas, Ga., and was headed for Mount Airy, Woodberry said. The plane is registered to Blue Sky Airways in Dallas, Ga., according to FAA records.
Witnesses told News 14 Carolina the plane was attempting to land when it missed on its approach and crashed while trying to circle back for another try.
"I've been here for 30 years and I've never seen anything like it," neighborhood resident Darrell Baker told The Mount Airy News. "It's a miracle that no one on the ground was hurt."