He said the piece he found on the Saint-Andre beach was thinner and smaller than the flaperon, but the material had the same appearance, with a honeycombed interior.
The second aircraft debris found on the French Reunion Island near the Indian Ocean last week, may possibly be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
The island resident, Johnny Begue, said he found the new fragment on Thursday.
The flaperon he found remains the only piece of debris identified with certainty as having come from the flight.
The debris could be from the missing MH370 flight, as calculations of the drift of all debris expect that they would be around that area, said Ab Aziz Kaprawi, Malaysia’s deputy transport minister.
Officials will send that item to Australia for examination.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman told AAP on Sunday they had not received any reports of a third find.
A statement is also coming on another piece found in Mozambique. The Malaysian team says it will meet on Monday with Mozambique’s Civil Aviation authority to examine the suspected fragment.
Despite the above, no announcement was made that any of the floating debris that could be associated with MH370; on the other hand, it is not clear whether the items observed from the RNZAF Orion (and, presumably, also from RAAF, and other, aircraft) were all followed up either from the air, or by surface vessels.
Mr Begue’s reported find came three days after American amateur investigator Blaine Gibson found suspected MH370 debris in Mozambique, some 1,300 miles west of Reunion.
MH370, a Boeing 777, was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it vanished on March 8, 2014, on an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
“When there’s bad weather is when you should look, when the sea tosses up a lot of stuff“, said Begue, who has been unrelenting since a year ago in his pursuit of new fragments to help with the investigation.
On July 29 previous year, a flapron, a part of the wing flap, was found on the shore.
The media reported that an object measuring about 40 by 20 centimetres was found by the seashore last week, Xinhua reported. “We have not reached closure”, she said.
The Australian-led hunt is projected to last until July, when the scanning of the area of the seafloor thought to contain the remainder of the plane will wrap up.
Adding further intrigue to the mystery surrounding the missing jet, a New Zealand oceanographer who has experience in finding lost aircraft has claimed the doomed flight was being “deliberately flown” when it ended somewhere over the southern-Indian Ocean.
Many relatives remain unconvinced that authorities are searching in the right place.
“I want to let my mother know that I will not give up”, said an emotional Jiang.