Cathay Pacific’s chief 777 pilot was fired after scaring the living crap out of the airline’s chairman. The pilot was flying a new 777 back from Seattle to Hong Kong with 50 passengers (staff members, primarily) on board, including the airline’s chairman. After takeoff he circled back and flew about 30 feet over the runway without the landing gear down. He had told the airport about the maneuver, but did not tell his passengers (which, as I mentioned, included the airline’s chairman). As I’m relatively certain they all thought they were going to crash, passengers were not amused, and, upon return to Hong Kong, fired the $500,000-a-year pilot.
The linked article includes a photo of the plane a few feet off the ground with no landing gear down.