Photographs are a permanent, magical-seeming glimpse into a fleeting moment. They offer a peek into another time and place through the perspective of another person’s eyes. Unfortunately, we sometimes find ourselves glancing into a moment of pure misfortune, one that the subjects of a simple photograph would never see coming before it was too late.
This is a photo that a loving father took of his wife and four-year-old daughter as they headed towards a vacation. All smiles in the picture, this family has no idea that the MH17 plane they’re on is about to be shot down over Ukraine, killing everyone aboard. Investigators believe that passengers remained alive and conscious during the three-to-four-minute plummet from 33,000 feet.