According to the NTSB, Connell initially contacted air traffic control (ATC) at the Akron-Canton Airport to ask whether there were any reports of icing and was told there were none. His approach was then uneventful until ATC noted that he was left of his course and asked if he would like to be resequenced. Connell replied "correcting." ATC then advised him again that he was "well left of the localizer" and Connell responded that he would "like to correct."
The report continued, "N9299N [Connell's plane] was about 2 ½ miles from the airport when it then transmitted if it could execute a 360-degree turn. ATC then instructed N9299N to climb and maintain 3,000 feet and queried N9299N’s present heading. N9299N transmitted, 'heading due north and climbing.' N9299N then declared an emergency."
What this tells me is that Connell was having control problems and mis-attributed them to icing.
Remember how the initial reports of the crash all claimed he had run out of fuel? Obviously, there was nothing to support such a claim. Hence, we already have indications of a cover-up, and given that, I theorize that the aircraft control systems were sabotaged in some time-delayed manner.