At CGK, trainee ATC gets the red-eye shift doing cargo flight approaches and departures. Once.... at 4am... *This is not an official transcript, but by memory*
FX: "Jakarta Approach, Fedex 9516, at 3000 heading 220, we're declaring emergency we need a left vector back north over the sea, we can't turn right onto the localizer"
JA: "FedEx9516, understood, proceed to airfield"
FX: "Errr, we can't make the right turn to the runway. We need to go out to sea and recycle the computers"
JA: "Understood, proceed to airfield"
FX: "Listen God Damn it! You understand what I'm sayin' ? I can't turn the damn thing to the right, can we make a left turn back to the north or not ? otherwise I'll end up in your neighbour's house!"
JA: "Understood Fedex9516, you are cleared to land any runway"
FX: (a different voice) "*& *@head! All stations, FedEx9516, 10DME from 25L, making LEFT TURN NORTH in emergency"
JA: "FedEx9516, Please proceed to the airfield, there is no traff..." Xmission was cut and...
JA Supervisor: "FedEx 9516, this is the duty supervisor, you are cleared to go anywhere up to 30 miles into the sea, remain under 10,000."
FX: "Alelluya, Thank you sir, we've just about fixed it, still on 350 heading at 3000"
about 45 seconds later...
FX: "Jakarta Approach, problem is solved and we're back to normal, errr, we can take a left turn to 195 and intercept 25L from there."
JA Sup: "FedEx9516, Understood that as back to normal"
FX: "Yes Sir!"
JA Sup: "FedEx9516, descend to 1500 heading 220, that will make it quicker, I'm really sorry about the trainee. Contact tower when established."
Early hour arrivals into CGK = Danger on the hands of trainee ATCs on some nights. You can hear some weird occurences like "Singapore 9925, errrr, we can't make the approach, you'll put us errrr... about 5,000 feet over the outer market, can we do a tight 360 to go down further?"
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !