KARACHI (INP) - The daughter of a dead Indian pilot has thanked a Pakistani fighter pilot for apologising after shooting down the aircraft that her father was commanding more than four decades ago. Her father Jahangir Engineer was flying the plane which had apparently drifted off course along the border. Qais Hussain, who was a Pakistani pilot during the 1965 war with India, shot down the eight-seater plane. Earlier, he wrote to Mrs Singh saying he was sorry for the loss of precious lives during the incident and was acting under orders from his superiors. The Pakistanis suspected the craft of being on a reconnaissance mission to open a new war front. Hussain was ordered to shoot it down, despite pleas for mercy by Jahangir Engineer. The former fighter pilot said that when he landed back at an air base at Karachi, he felt highly elated for having completed the mission.