Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad (born:1 June, 1983, Betadur, Dharwad district, Karnataka) was an Indian soldier who was noted for his brief survival of an avalanche at the Siachen Glacier in February, 2016. He belonged to the 19 Madras, the 19th battalion of the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army. Hanumanthappa survived the massive avalanche which occured on February 3rd for six days at Siachen Glacier which is noted to be world’s highest and inhospitable battlefield. Hanumanthappa was found during the post-disaster Avalanche rescue operations by the Indian Army, six days after the disaster. He was rescued from 35 feet beneath the snow in -45°Celsius temperature, six days after an Avalanche hit an Indian Army post in Siachen, at an altitude of 19,600 feet. His health was critical but survival news gave a chance to family members to celebrate his news of survival.
His family’s and the country’s celebration was short-lived as he eventually died at the army hospital due to multiple organ failure. Hanumanthappa died on 11 February 2016 at 11:45 hrs.