it wont even let me play, once it gets past the matchmaking menu and somewhere in the loading screen my game just decides to commit suicide and not respond
Same here, it's very unfortunate. Thankfully we can write up reports on the support site and hope they can fix this for future flights.
For me, I thought it may have to do with using Windows 7 64 bit, but apparently its happening for people on Windows 8 and 10 as well. Hopefully they address the issue in a future flight; and maybe for those who couldn't even play in this current flight at all, are given another chance to at least play the game and help locate any additional bugs in the future.