Star Wars: Episode VII helmer J.J. Abrams has given an update on Harrison Ford's condition following his plane crash last month saying he is "doing great and working hard".

Speaking at a Star Wars event this week Abrams said of the star, "He's doing great and working hard.

"I had respect for him all my life but I never had more respect for him than when I saw how he landed that plane. He's more of a hero than anyone he played on film."

Ford, who reprises his role of Han Solo for the upcoming film, was piloting a vintage fighter plane which then crash-landed onto a golf course near Santa Monica Airport, California on March 5.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials confirmed that the 72-year-old was found in "moderate condition" outside of the aircraft and was "alert, conscious and breathing".

A representative for Ford said at the time, "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon take off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely.

"He was banged up and is in hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery."

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens hits cinemas on December 16.