6:35pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Comic-Con: Harrison Ford Makes First Public Appearance Since Plane Crash at 'Star Wars' Panel
Han Solo is back.
At the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel Friday, Harrison Ford is making his first public appearance since his plane crash in March.
"I'm fine," he told the crowd, who broke out into bellowing screams and applause when he took the stage. "I walked here so how bad can it be?"
The actor, who reprises his iconic role in the upcoming Star Wars film, suffered multiple injuries — including a broken pelvis and broken ankle — after his single-engine, World War II-era plane had to make an emergency landing on a Venice golf course March 5. He was unable to attend the Star Wars Celebration convention in April.
Ford, 72, took the stage along with several stars of the upcoming film, whose director, J.J. Abrams, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy led the hotly anticipated panel.
"It should have felt ridiculous," he said when asked about how it felt to return to the set of a Star Wars movie. "It was thirty plus years ago and I sorta grew up.Y et here I was. I will tell you that it felt great."
Ford also was hurt on the set of The Force Awakens when his ankle was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft that his character pilots in the original films.
"The originals that I was part of, it was the beginning of my working life," Ford added. "I was very grateful for the opportunity for the success of the film."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters Dec. 18.